8.05.2016

Work in Entertainment? Then Avoid Melania's Immigration Mess

David Leopold, immigration attorney, writing on Medium, lays out a clear case in this article for why Melania Trump most likely came to this country under false pretenses. I'm at a loss as to why she didn't try  an H-1B or O visa. The majority of foreign fashion models apply for the H-1B visa, which is available for models of distinguished merit and ability. And foreign artists typically must obtain one of the following visa classifications:

  • O-1B classification for aliens of extraordinary ability in the arts;
  • O-2 classification for personnel accompanying an O-1B alien;
  • P-1B classification for internationally renowned performing groups and essential support personnel; and, for individual foreign artists performing as a member of a U.S.-based internationally renowned performing group;
  • P-2 classification for reciprocal exchange program;
  • P-3 classification for culturally unique performers or groups, teachers and coaches, and 
  • P support personnel  
Granted, Melania was not famous when she started out so she would not have qualified for an O-1 visa but the H-1B visa was available since it was specifically designed for models. It truly boggles the mind how stunning Donald and Melania's hypocrisy has been regarding immigration.

Are you a foreign artist or person of talent looking to work in the US? Are you trying to hire a foreign artist or person of talent to work in the US? Then contact me for help at danny@djimlaw.com or call me at 929.322.3546.

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