Following several other Miss Universe winners, Venezuela’s Maria Gabriela "Mali" Isler has secured a visa that allows her to work and live in the United States, her attorney told Fox News Latino on Friday.
Isler, 25, was crowned Miss Universe last month. She was the third Miss Venezuela to win the title in six years.
Isler has obtained a one-year O-1 work visa, given to people who, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.”
Her attorney, Michael Wildes, said Isler was issued the U.S. visa “based on her outstanding work in her field.”
These young ladies have a lot of work to do in the year they hold the Miss Universe title and it comes with global responsibility. It's a pleasure to make their jobs that much easier. Our firm knows their needs and is able to get things done quickly.
- Michael Wildes, immigration attorney
"To travel and work in the United States, Miss Isler needed to obtain a visa. We were happy to assist her to obtain her visa so she can tour the United States," he added.
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Wildes has obtained green cards for such Miss Universe winners as Dayana Mendoza (2008), Stefania Fernandez (2009), and O visas for Jimena Navarrete (2010) and Leila Lopes (2011).
His father, Leon Wildes, also helped Miss Universe winners obtain U.S. citizenship.
The elder Wildes made headlines in the 1970s when he represented The Beatles’ John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their fight against deportation. He got them legal permanent residency.
Michael Wildes said he does not yet know if Isler will pursue a green card.
“These young ladies have a lot of work to do in the year they hold the Miss Universe title and it comes with global responsibility,” said Michael Wildes. “It’s a pleasure to make their jobs that much easier. Our firm knows their needs and is able to get things done quickly.”
Isler told Fox News Latino after winning the Miss Universe crown that over the course of the next 12 months, she will be working with the Miss Universe organization to raise worldwide awareness for HIV/AIDS.
“I think the Miss Universe title not only gives me the opportunity to become a role model for Latina girls around the world, but to show that beauty isn't just about the outside,” she said. “I would like to show that I have a heart, that I am a human being and I have feelings. And to be this kind of role model not only for beauty pageants but also for life.”
Elizabeth Llorente is Senior Reporter for FoxNews.com, and can be reached at Elizabeth.Llorente@Foxnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente.