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o-1 visa approval secured for sonia traikia, fashion designer/head of atelier

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of acclaimed Head of Atelier, Sonia Traikia.

Sonia has been a Fashion Designer for the illustrious Catherine Malandrino and has been the Studio Director (also known as Ateilier Director) for Devi Kroell and Head of Fabric Development and Director of Atelier for Zac Posen.  Being a fashion designer for a high end fashion labels is in and of itself a great achievement but to be the Director of the Studio (or Atelier) of these design houses, a level well above the fashion designer, is unquestionably the apex of the field. She has created pieces in the Atelier for Demi Moore, Naomi Campbell, Amy Schumer, Glenn Close, Katie Holmes and Rihanna to name a few. These fashion masterpieces were then worn on the red carpet for events such as, the SAG Awards, The Emmys, The Oscars, The Met Ball, etc., and endlessly photographed to appear on the pages of the most widely read fashion publications such as Vanity Fair, In Style, Elle, LA Times, etc. We look forward to watching Ms. Traikia’s career continue to flourish 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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