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o-1 approval secured for monique laloli, photo retoucher

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of Monique Laloli, a talented photo retoucher from New Zealand, based on her extraordinary ability in the arts.

Monique Laloli has built a reputation as one of the most acclaimed professional high-end photography retouchers in the real estate and journalism industry. She has gained worldwide recognition for her work with some of the top real estate agencies in New York, as well as with major publications including The New Zealand Herald and many other major newspapers and magazines. She has expertly honed her craft and is known for her great talent around the globe.  We look forward to watching Monique’s outstanding career continue to grow!

According to Michael Wildes, “ It has been our pleasure to represent Ms. Laloli in connection with her O-1 petition and we wish her the best of luck as she begins the next chapter of her professional career here in the United States.”

In order to qualify for the initial a 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 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, 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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