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o-1 approval secured for owen paulls, tattoo artist

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure O-1 classification for international tattoo artist Owen Paulls.

As he has risen to global fame and recognition as a leading blackwork tattoo artist, Owen Paulls has worked as a feature artist at some of the world’s best and most well-known tattoo shops and studios such as Painted Lady, Devin in the Detail, The Inkfested House, Sempre Tattoos and Lost Time Tattoo Studio. He has also been featured as an exceptional tattoo artist at the top of his field by publication and reputable organizations like Skin Deep, Tattoodo, Things & Ink, SkinShots and Tattoofan. Mr. Paulls has amassed an impressive 42,400 follows on Instagram and is usually booked up to 6 months in advance. Mr. Paulls is considered to be one of the best tattoo artists in the UK and around the world.

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 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.

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