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o-1 approval secured for hannelore knuts, international supermodel

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

Ms. Hannelore Knuts is a world renowned supermodel who made her debut runway appearances for Prada, Fendi, Versace Givenchy, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent shows in Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. Ms. Knuts is known for appearing on 3 consecutive Italian Vogue covers (April- June 2001), an extremely rare achievement for a model and has sustained an illustrious career for nearly two decades. Overall, Ms. Knuts’ portfolio reads like a “who’s who” of the fashion industry, with magazine covers and editorial appearances for the likes of Vogue Japan, 10 Magazine, i-D Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Harper’s Bazaar India, Elle US, Glass Magazine, Vs Magazine, Dazed Magazine, Vogue US, and W Magazine.

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 six 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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