The H1B work visa is a popular and workable option for prominent fashion models who seek to work in the U.S.
Fashion models that are internationally or nationally recognized and will be employed in a position that requires models of distinguished merit or ability may be eligible for the H1B visa.
The H1B visa is available to fashion models that are renowned, leading or well-known in their field.
In order to be eligible for the H1B Fashion Model visa, the applicant:
Amelie Dalle, a French national, is a successful model in Paris. She was recently featured on the cover of a leading fashion magazine and is well-known in European modeling circles. Model House USA, a modeling agency in the U.S., wishes to employ Amelie in their international shows which are held regularly in the U.S.
The HR Manager at Model House learned through her friends in the fashion industry that they could file an H1B petition for Amelie. But when she started researching the H1B working visa she found that most of the websites she looked at said that to qualify for an H1B visa the individual has to have a bachelor’s degree. Amelie does not have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the HR Manager was unclear about what her friends meant when they said the H1B visa is subject to a cap, and that they therefore needed to act quickly to be successful in their quest for an H1B petition for Amelie.
What is this H1B Cap? Will Amelie will qualify for an H1B visa?
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There are three basic steps involved in the process of obtaining an H1B visa. We will discuss all the three steps in detail.
The first step in the process involves the prospective employer or agency filing a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the Department of Labor.
The agency, in the above case, Model House USA, must list all of the locations where Amelie will be employed in the LCA. There are a few limited exceptions to this rule which we will discuss in more detail below.
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Model House USA realized that although Amelie does not have a bachelor or higher degree, she can still qualify for H1B classification. All they have to do is establish that she is a fashion model that is internationally or nationally recognized and that the services she is going to perform requires a fashion model of prominence.
Model House advised Amelia that once they received an approval of the H1B petition filed on her behalf she will need to apply for her H1B visa at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. At that time she must undergo the visa interview process to obtain her H1B visa.
Model House USA consulted an Immigration Expert and following their advice, were successfully able to obtain an H1B visa for Amelie.