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o-1 approval secured for cecilia chancellor, fashion model

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of iconic supermodel Cecilia Chancellor, based upon her extraordinary ability in the arts.

Ms. Cecilia Chancellor is undoubtedly an internationally renowned supermodel, evidenced by the numerous appearances on magazine covers, in editorials, ad campaigns, and on the fashion runways around the globe over the course of more than three decades in the industry. Throughout her highly distinguished and lengthy career, Ms. Chancellor has modeled for top magazines and designers like British Vogue,  i-D, Vogue Paris, Harper’s Bazaar, D Magazine (La Repubblica), Elle, Simone Rocha, Jones NY, Roland Mouret, and more. Notably, Ms. Chancellor is featured in Vogue’s online article, “Vogue’s Collectible Covers”, which includes among the list her appearance for the January 2002 cover of British Vogue by Mario Testino, which featured several other model legends.

In order to qualify for an O-1 visa, which allows individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education or business to live and work in the United States, a foreign national must provide adequate documentation to demonstrate that he/she has sustained national or international acclaim in their field.

In addition, the individual must provide substantial evidence to prove that he/she meets three of the evidence categories defined by statute, as well as a written advisory opinion from a labor union or relevant peer group. The O-1 visa applicant must also show that he/she has an offer of employment in the United States to work in his/her field of expertise (or several offers of employment from multiple sources, along with a third-party Agent to petition on the individual’s behalf and connect him/her to the multiple employers).

For more than fifty eight years, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg has concentrated its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International individuals and corporations, banks, industrial, financial and manufacturing concerns, and law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.  In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for investors, scientists, physicians, bankers, performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, and literary agents.

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