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The H1B3 visa checklist below provides a general idea of what is usually needed for prominent fashion models who have distinguished merit and ability to obtain their H1B3 work visa. To have a better understanding of this list, please read the H1B3 visa overview for more details of what is needed for H1B3 visa petitions.


Please click to download the H1B3 visa checklist for foreign prominent fashion models.


The overall emphasis on the documents and requirements/criteria of a H1B3 visa petition is that it needs to be shown that the H1B3 visa fashion model is well-known in the industry and the job offered in the United States needs a fashion model of the caliber of the H1B3 visa fashion model. 

The requirements for a H1B3 visa petition are extensive and while ticking the boxes of requirements sounds simple enough, figuring out what items should be included and strategizing how the petition is presented is not. It is common practice and strongly encouraged to obtain an attorney for employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions.

Alternatives to the H1B3 Visa Petition

The closest alternatives to filing an H1B3 visa petition would be filing an O1B visa petition which is for persons who have extraordinary ability (i.e., the fashion model must be positively well-known on a national or international level), a P3 visa petition which is for artists or entertainers (individually or as part of a group) coming to the United States to participate in a Culturally Unique Program (e.g., a U.S. company-sponsored fashion model trade show that showcases modeling skills of a foreign country), a P2 visa petition which is for artists or entertainers (individually or as part of a group) coming to the United States to participate in an artistic reciprocal exchange program. 

Another possible alternative to filing an H1B3 visa petition would be to file for a green card petition which is a permanent immigrant visa and not a temporary work visa like the H1B3 visa. Typically, a fashion model who is qualifiable for an H1B3 visa would choose to file for an EB1a green card petition. For more on green cards gained through work, please read the overview for employment-based green cards. 


If you have an H1B3 visa (Fashion Models) immigration question, please fill out our contact us form or send us an email with some basic information about your background and your immigration needs. We will do our best to respond within 48 hours.

How we can help?

Kylie Huang Law’s immigration attorney will help identify whether the H1B3 visa is the appropriate nonimmigrant visa category for the client’s (or the client’s beneficiary’s) professional background and if there are other visa options for the client (or the client’s beneficiary). We will work closely with our client to prepare a convincing case for their (or it’s) H1B3 visa petition and we will also strategize on how the H1B3 visa petition should be presented to achieve the best chances of approval. It is strongly advised and common practice to retain an immigration attorney for an H1B3 visa petition due to the complexities in the immigration process and visa requirements.

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