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o-1 approval secured for charlie riina

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured an O-1 approval on behalf of Ms. Charlie Riina.

Beginning her career in her native Canada, Ms. Charlie Riina is recognized throughout the world as one of the most desired glamour models of today. She has made several appearances for the renowned Playboy magazine (to include specials editions and features in Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela) and in the past few months she has appeared on the cover of Playboy’s Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic editions. She has been given the coveted title of “Playmate” (featured as the centerfold in the magazine) on more than one occasion. These achievements alone have solidified her reputation as an international model and marketing image.

In addition to these prestigious credits, Ms. Riina has modeled for Esquire Latinoamerica, Lifestyle for Men magazine, For Guys Magazine, and FHM (Canada, Taiwan, and Singapore), including a multiple-page feature in the special international edition “Girls of FHM”.  As a representative of Canada. Ms. Riina can frequently be found wearing the popular designs of Zeugari Beach Wear, modeling for the company’s website, for campaigns, and on the company’s social media pages as one of their most well-known spokesmodels.

As her work is in great demand in the U.S., Michael Wildes has recently secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of Ms. Riina.  The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is available to an individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry. The individual must be able to demonstrate sustained acclaim, as one who has garnered national or international recognition for his/her achievements.

For fashion models, the O-1 requirements may be met by submitting evidence such as: magazine tear sheets, ad campaign work, runway photos, press articles, awards, and/or examples of high rates of compensation. It is also helpful to demonstrate that the model has worked with distinguished model agencies abroad and to provide testimonial letters from prominent individuals in the fashion industry who can confirm the model’s distinctive reputation and work history. The model must have a U.S. employer or agent to sponsor the visa petition and an itinerary of upcoming work in the U.S

The Wildes & Weinberg firm has an excellent track record for handling O-1 petitions for fashion models as well as many other extraordinary professional. Our team of O-1 experts are available to evaluate an individuals qualifications and to guide applicants through each step of the process.  

We welcome Ms. Charlie Riina and look forward to seeing more of her extraordinary work as she expands her career to the United States!

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