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H-1B VISA

FOR FASHION

MODELS
HOW TO GET
A WORK VISA
TO MODEL IN USA

Is It Your Goal To Work In USA?

H-1B WORK VISA

is a popular option
for fashion models
to work in USA

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models:

Eligibility

Special Benefits Of An H-1B Visa

The 3 Step Process

5 Key Factors To Keep In Mind While Filing


An H-1B Petition

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: Eligibility


Fashion models may apply for an H-1B visa
if they meet the following requirements:

1. They must be internationally or nationally


recognized.
2. The position must require a fashion model of
distinguished merit, or a fashion model of
prominence.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: Eligibility


Fashion models may apply for an H-1B visa
if they meet the following requirements:

3. The U.S. employer must pay the fashion model,


the prevailing wage for the occupation in the area
of intended employment.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: Special

Benefits

Fashion Models, unlike all other H-1B


professionals, do not need to have a bachelors
degree.
A Fashion Model may be employed by more than
one employer at any given time. However, a
separate H-1B petition must be approved for each
employer.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 3

Step Process

THERE ARE

3 BASIC STEPS
TO OBTAIN

H-1B VISA FOR


A FASHION MODEL

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 3

Step Process

Step 1:

File An LCA With DOL


The prospective employer files a Labor Condition
Application (LCA) with the Department of Labor.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 3

Step Process

Step 2:

File A Petition With The USCIS


The U.S. employer or U.S. agent files an H-1B
petition with the USCIS.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 3

Step Process

Step 3:

Apply For H-1B Visa Stamp At The U.S. Consulate


Once the H-1B petition is approved, the foreign
model must apply for an H-1B visa stamping at a
U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
If the foreign model is already in the U.S. in a valid
immigration status, he or she may apply for a
change of status to H-1B through the USCIS.

5 KEY FACTORS

TO KEEP IN MIND

WHILE FILING AN
H-1B PETITION FOR
FASHION MODELS

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 5

Key Factors

1. Who Can File H-1B Petition For A Fashion Model?

An H-1B petition for a fashion model can be filed by:

A U.S. employer having an FEIN, which engages


the fashion model to work within the United
States, and has an employer-employee
relationship with that model, or

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 5

Key Factors

1. Who Can File H-1B Petition For A Fashion Model?

An H-1B petition for a fashion model can be filed by:

A U.S. Agent, in cases involving fashion models


who are traditionally self-employed, or who use
agents to arrange short-term employment on
their behalf with numerous employers, or

A U.S. Agent, in cases where a foreign employer


authorizes the agent to act on its behalf.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 5

Key Factors

2. Job Location

Employer must file a Labor Condition Application


(LCA) for each geographic area where an H-1B
fashion model is intended to be employed.
NOTE: The geographic area of intended employment means

the area within normal commuting distance of the place of


employment, where the H-1B fashion model is or will be
employed.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 5

Key Factors

3. H-1B Visa Cap For Fashion Models

The H-1B Visa For Fashion Models is subject to


an annual limit of 65,000, which includes 6,800
that are set for nationals of Chile & Singapore.

Because of the limited number of visas available


each year, once the quota is exhausted, no
further petitions will be approved. Hence timing
of filing is crucial for a successful outcome of
H-1B petitions.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 5

Key Factors

4. H-1B Visa Portability For Fashion Models

H-1B portability provisions allow a Fashion Model


working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa to begin
working for a new H-1B employer as soon as the
new employer files H-1B petition for him or her.
NOTE: To be eligible, the Fashion Model must have been lawfully
admitted into the United States, must have maintained status,
and the new employer must file a non-frivolous petition with
the USCIS before the Fashion Models current visa status expires.

H-1B Visa For Fashion Models: 5

Key Factors

5. Alternative To H-1B Fashion Model Visa: O-1 Visa

An alternative to the H-1B visa for fashion


models is the O-1 visa.

The O-1 visa is for fashion models of


extraordinary merit and ability, a requirement
that is significantly higher than the
distinguished merit or ability requirement of
H-1B visa for fashion models.

Find Out Your Eligibility


For The H-1B Visa

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