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o-1 approval secured for vernon francois

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of client Mr. Vernon François, based on his extraordinary ability in the arts.

Vernon François is an exceptional hair stylist that has developed a following from celebrity actresses, models and singers all over the world. A number of articles have been published, and continue to be published, about Mr. Vernon François and he has won many prestigious beauty awards, hailing his unique and innovative hair styling abilities.

Mr. Vernon François has held the prestigious position of Master Stylist at some of London’s most exclusive salons and beauty-related organizations. He is also the Primary Hair Stylist for elite celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, VV Brown and Lianne Le Havas, amongst others.

Notably, Mr. Vernon François is credited with developing innovative and extraordinary styling techniques in the field of afro-textured hair.

Mr. Wildes is honored to have secured O-1 visa classification for this spectacular artist, and is excited to see what he does next.

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. 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 5 decades, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg, has concentrated its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration needs of prominent American and International firms, 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, and literary agents.

For more information on the O-1 visa category or the EB 1-1 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 Managing Partner Michael Wildes at

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