Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure O-1 classification for internationally acclaimed comedian, Katie-Ellen Humphries.

With a sensibility that falls somewhere between the locker room and the library, Katie-Ellen has made a name for herself as one of the most recognized comedic talents throughout Canada and the U.S.  A featured performer at the JFL NorthWest, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest and The Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, Katie-Ellen delights audiences with her unique voice, hilarious perspective and sharp wit. Ms. Humphries’ recent TV appearances include “The Funny Pit” (CMT),“She Kills Me” (APTN), The Ha!ifax Comedy Festival (CBC) and multiple Winnipeg Comedy Fest Galas (CBC). She did three seasons as a panelist on the comedy talk show “Morgan Brayton & Other People” on OUT-TV and regularly appears on CBC Radio’s The Debaters.  Ms. Humphries is also a 3-time Canadian National Open Water 5k Swim Champion.

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.

For more information on the O-1 visa category, please visit our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at michael@wildeslaw.com.

 

 

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