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

Ms. Tavares has garnered a distinguished international reputation, as a model who has worked extensively in Brazil,  Mexico and various locales in the Asian market.  She has demonstrated her extraordinary ability  by appearing for prestigious bookings such as: editorials in international editions of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar;  fashion shows for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Carolina Herrera; and, advertising campaigns and commercials for the likes of Mastercard, Trident, Walmart, Sony, Toshiba, McDonalds, Nissan, and Dr. Pepper.  These high profile assignments represent a mere sampling of her work, which has fueled the demand for her services in the U.S.  We look forward to her continued success!

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is available to an individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or one who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry. The individual must be able to demonstrate sustained acclaim in their field, 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. 



For more than 5 decades, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg, has concentrated its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration needs of prominent American and International firms, 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, and literary agents.  

The Wildes & Weinberg firm has a wealth of experience handling O-1 petitions for fashion models as well as many other extraordinary individuals across various industries and areas of expertise. Our team of O-1 experts is available to evaluate an individual’s qualifications and to guide applicants through each step of the process.  

For more information on the O-1 visa category or the EB1 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 Managing Partner Michael Wildes at michael@wildeslaw.com.

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