Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of Ms. Sheena Bhattessa, a highly acclaimed actress from London, based upon her extraordinary ability in the arts. 

Ms. Sheena Bhattessa is a highly accomplished British actress having performed in acclaimed productions in film, television, voiceovers/radio, and theatre. She has appeared in Bollywood blockbuster roles in Love Aaj Kal and Jhoom Baraber Jhoom as well as several of the most highly-rated and most–watched television series in the UK- Doctors, Eastenders, and Midsomer Murders. Ms. Bhattessa held a lead role in the acclaimed play The Great Game: Afghanistan, which had two highly successful runs in London’s Tricycle Theatre and then embarked on a 4 month tour in the US, including a special performance for Pentagon staff at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. Ms. Bhattessa’s performances have received extensive praise from the press to include: Eastern Eye, The Guardian, The New York Times, Time Out London, Washington Post, and The Sunday Times.

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 michael@wildeslaw.com.

 

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