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o-1 extension approval secured for kaitlin fontana, writer and comedian

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg has secured an extension of O-1 visa classification on behalf of the talented writer and comedian Kaitlin Fontana.

Originally from Canada, Kaitlin has been extremely successful in her career over the last decade.  Her work has been featured on VH1, CBC, and CTV, NY Mag’s Vulture,, and in Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Entertainment Weekly.  She is the creator, executive producer and head writer of The Box, a comedic panel TV show for women. Kaitlin recently secured a spot in the Nantucket Film Fesival Episodic Comedy Colony via her pilot script, Casey Can’t. Moreover, Kaitlin was recently selected for the Made in New York Writers Room Fellowship organized and administered by the Writers Guild of America, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Kaitlin is also a featured performer at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York. We look forward to watching Kaitlin’s robust career continue 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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