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o-1 approval secured for gigi ringel, fashion model

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed on behalf of Vision Model Management to secure O-1 classification for international fashion model Gigi Ringel. 

Ms. Gigi Ringel (p.k.a. Tasha Ringel) has enjoyed an extraordinary and persistent modeling career thus far. Due to the global demand for her work, Ms. Ringel has been represented by top modeling agencies around the world such as Ulla Models in Amsterdam and MP Management in Milan. Additional outstanding credits Ms. Ringel possesses include starring in editorials for leading magazines such as Elle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Grazia Australia, C-Heads, Myer magazine and Atlas Magazine, among others. Ms. Ringel has modeled for the world’s leading designers and brands, including Camilla and Marc, CMEO Collective, Cotton On, Free People and Rolla’s Jeans, among others. 

VISION LOS ANGELES, established in 1999, is a boutique-styled, high fashion and beauty agency dedicated to the discovery and development of fresh, unique talent in the U.S. Representing both women and men, its ultimate goal is to manage each talent on an individual basis, presenting them with all the necessary tools to build a lasting brand within the fashion industry.

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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