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o-1 approval secured for katy hutchison, lecturer

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of Katy Hutchison, a world renowned expert lecturer on the topic of restorative justice.

Katy Hutchison has built an incredible career after a tragic life event. On New Year’s Eve 1997, Katy Hutchison’s husband, Bob, was murdered while checking on a party being thrown by his neighbor’s son. In a small town in  British Columbia, Canada, a wall of silence soon grew up around the murder. Four years later, the murderer was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison. He has since been released from prison and is employed and happily married with one child. Katy has since written the book Walking After Midnight: One Woman’s Journey Through Murder, Justice, and Forgiveness. She has spoken to schools and various groups and conferences around the world, and is highly sought after to share her important message. For further information you can visit Katy’s website . Katy had this to say about her experience with Wildes & Weinberg: “Thank you for making my O-1 Visa a reality! I sincerely appreciated the prompt attention & professionalism of everyone I dealt with at your firm. Katy Hutchison”. And we at Wildes & Weinberg wish Katy the best of luck in the United States.

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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