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o-1 approval secured for irina chernova, fashion model

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of Irina Chernova, a highly acclaimed international fashion model, based upon her extraordinary ability in the arts.

Ms. Chernova has garnered a distinguished international reputation as a model, having worked extensively in the major markets of Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, London, and New York, among others. She has demonstrated her extraordinary ability by appearing in editorials for prestigious magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Glamour Italia, Schon Magazine, Marie Claire USA, Dazed & Confused, and Inked Magazine USA. She has gained massive exposure from her appearances for major brands such as H&M, Urban Outfitters, Nasty Gal, and Maria Dora. She also made a special appearance for Playboy USA in the Diesel Calendar, photographed by prominent photographer Terry Richardson. These high profile assignments confirm her extraordinary reputation as a fashion model and have made her one of the most desired models today.  We look forward to seeing her continued success in the U.S.!


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 3 of the 6 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.

For more information on the O-1 visa category, which allows individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education and business to live and work in the United States, please visit our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at

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