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On Our Radar: Models May Get Their Own Visa Category

They're young, they're gorgeous, but they don't have as much access as you may think. Many non-United States citizen fashion models are not granted visas to fly to the US, where many of their assignments are shot. That's because models must compete with engineers and other high tech workers for H-1B visas, which are given to well educated foreign citizens.

That may all change if models are granted their own visa category under legislation moving on Capitol Hill. The fashion industry's argument is that if models are not granted visas, assignments will be forced to move overseas, thus taking money away from American industry professionals. What's more, "American models lose the chance of working at events that move overseas. This is about millions of dollars that would go abroad that will be spent in America,” said Bruce Morrison, a former Congressman who lobbies for a coalition of fashion industry businesses. This sounds like a dire issue. I hope it gets sorted out soon so we can see more Fab faces in fashion.


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emalove emalove 9 years
I had no idea...
liaochiling liaochiling 9 years
Why not issue a temporary working permit to them, like some other celebrities/performers?
bizhistories bizhistories 9 years
If Visa's focus is to "develop its foreign operations" then why not allow these models to have their own Visas if they're coming from foreign countries all around the world?
totygoliguez totygoliguez 9 years
RosaDilia good idea. I tought that artist already had a special visa,but I guess I was wrong
nicachica nicachica 9 years
I agree Meg, its really not a big deal. Models are always in and out of countries so why not do something like this if it means more money in the economy? We really need that right about now!
mlen mlen 9 years
well as long as they aren't taking away from the other category- but it makes sense- i mean most models are in and out of the country- they wouldn't be working here for long periods of time probably- so it makes some sense to seperate them
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
I would rather see the visas going to more highly skilled people.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Interesting. Can't the US grant them a temporary working visa if the agency sponsors the model?
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