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o-1 approval secured for eleni giannopoulou, contemporary artist

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg has secured O-1 Extraordinary Ability visa classification on behalf of Ms. Eleni Giannopoulou, an internationally renowned contemporary artist.

Ms. Giannopoulou has established herself as an individual of extraordinary ability in the industry and by virtue of her accomplishments, has risen to the very top of her field of endeavor. She possesses a level of artistic talent and originality as one of the small percentage of widely recognized contemporary artists, particularly in sculptures and art installations. Rising to fame quickly, Ms. Giannopoulou’s extraordinary talent and skill as an artist has attracted the attention of high profile galleries, art collectors, educational institutions, professional artists, and enthusiasts, as well as art fans. She has been extraordinarily prolific in creating unique pieces of contemporary art that is thought-provoking, empowering, and socially conscious. Her artwork has been featured in top exhibitions, galleries, auctions, and reported in some of the most widely read and circulated media publications online and in print. It has been our Firm’s honor to work with and represent Ms. Giannopoulou.

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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