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Amy Wildes

Amy Wildes holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University and a J.D. from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.She is admitted to practice law in both New York and New Jersey.Amy is fluent in Spanish.

Amy Wildes joined Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. in 1992 as an Associate Attorney. She works primarily in our Englewood, New Jersey office and concentrates her practice in Employer Compliance and I-9 Audits. She has managed many large scale I-9 audits, including assisting employers in response to government subpoenas. She also oversees I-9 maintenance programs for many organizations, including monitoring I-9 retention and destruction.

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Rafael Barreto

Rafael Barreto possesses a degree as an “Abogado” (Attorney) conferred upon him by the University of La Sabana, in Bogota, Colombia. He also completed a 24-credit program at Pace University in White Plains, NY. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is a Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Rafael is fluent in Spanish.

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Sherzod Tuychibaev

Sherzod Tuychibaev holds an LL.M. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Sherzod is fluent in Russian, Uzbek and French.

Sherzod joined Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. in 2006. He is an Associate Attorney in the Business & Employment Immigration Group.

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Amy Eisen Bakst

Amy Eisen Bakst holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan (2007) and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (2011). She is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey. Amy is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Hebrew. As the daughter of two immigrants from Colombia, Amy has always been passionate about helping individuals seeking opportunity in the U.S.

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Julie P. Levey (Née Geifman)

Julie P. Levey (née Geifman) received her B.A. from Colgate University, and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Julie has previously worked with several different immigration law firms, where she handled various employment-based immigration cases, including O-1, H-1B, R, TN and L-1 visa petitions, as well as Adjustment of Status applications, PERM Labor Certifications, and I-140 immigrant worker petitions. She has also worked with a number of non-profit organizations, including HIAS, Catholic Charities, and the Human Rights Clinic at Cardozo, where she worked with asylum seekers and victims of trafficking.

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Caroline Gabela-Monteiro

Caroline Gabela-Monteiro received her B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from Florida International University, and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Caroline is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and is licensed to practice law in immigration courts throughout the United States.

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Tudor Neagu

Tudor holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania (2006) and a JD from Villanova Law School (2010). While at Villanova, Tudor participated in the CARES asylum clinic, and he interned with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the federal districts of New Jersey, and the Eastern and Middle districts of Pennsylvania. Tudor is fluent in Romanian and conversant in French.

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FRANK “JR” STRAUSS, JR.

JR’s primary focus is on business immigration matters for artists, musicians, designers, and related creative professionals, specifically those pursuing the O-1/EB-1 visa classes for “extraordinary” artists. Drawing upon his own experience in the performing arts, he brings a unique and nuanced perspective that allows him to effectively address the needs of creators and artists.

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YONI JONAS

JR’s primary focus is on business immigration matters for artists, musicians, designers, and related creative professionals, specifically those pursuing the O-1/EB-1 visa classes for “extraordinary” artists. Drawing upon his own experience in the performing arts, he brings a unique and nuanced perspective that allows him to effectively address the needs of creators and artists.

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JOSEPH CARACCIO

Joseph Caraccio is a graduate of New York Law School in 2012, where he was the President of the New York Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society. Joseph is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review, and several Federal District and Circuit Courts. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and many local grassroots organizations advocating for immigrant rights and government reform. Prior to attending law school, Joseph lived in Mexico City where he studied Mexican Culture Studies and Conversational Spanish at Universidad Iberoamericana.

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NICOLE GUNARA

Nicole Gunara holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Bard College at Simon’s Rock (2014), a Grande Diplôme from the International Culinary Center (2015), and a J.D. with a concentration in Business and Financial Law from Fordham University (2019). She is admitted to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey. Nicole is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia.

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JOSHUA H. WILDES

Joshua H. Wildes graduated as the valedictorian of the James Striar School at Yeshiva University, where he also obtained a degree in Business Management and Marketing from the Sy Syms School of Business (2016). Thereafter, he received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2019), where, as a member of Cardozo’s Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, he focused on the intersection between student athletes and immigration law. Josh is now admitted to practice law in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

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MIA GANOTICE-OLIS

Mia Ganotice-Olis is a graduate of Florida International University (FIU) College of Law in 2012, and is licensed to practice law in New York, Florida, and immigration courts across the United States. Mia is fluent in Tagalog and Ilocano and speaks basic-level Spanish. Mia joins the firm as a litigator and has represented detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings all over the United States.

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VICTORIA MARIE PHILLIPS

Victoria Marie Phillips holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University at Buffalo (2015, magna cum laude). She earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (2018, International Law), where she was President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Brooklyn Law Immigration Society (BLIS). Victoria was selected as an International Human Rights Fellow, Public Interest Fellow, Post-Graduate Fellow, and Gold Pro Bono Award Recipient for her achievements at Brooklyn Law School.

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For Further Information On How We Can Help Your Firm Meet Its Employment Eligibility Verification Obligations, Please Contact Amy Wildes At amy@wildeslaw.com

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Michael and his team are very professional and they always deliver. If you're looking to hire the best possible immigration law firm, you don't have to look any further, Wildes & Weinberg is the one.

Nick Holmstren Date : January 7, 2022

Walter Gottschalk and Michael Wildes at Wildes & Weinberg P.C Law Offices have been fantastic partners in our immigration journey. They were professional and helpful. I would recommend them without hesitation.

Bruno Caron and Melanie St. Amour Date : December 2, 2021

I have had the pleasure of working with Michael and his team for the past years through work visa applications and, most recently, a permanent resident application, all of them with a successful outcome. I can't thank them enough for...

Lilian Ortiz Date : October 20, 2021

I have had the pleasure of working with Michael Wildes and his team for several years. Through an E3 Australian work visa and spousal Green card application and approvals. Michael together with each one of his attorneys and assistants are...

Esti Albo Date : April 20, 2021

My husband and I were introduced to Michael and his team back in April 2019. I wanted to apply for my GreenCard and Michael came highly recommended. Over the next 18-months (and a Covid lockdown) the team that looked after...

Carla Pierce Date : November 16, 2020

Michael Wildes and his team are highly professional and provide a great service in advising and facilitating application with USCIS. I'm very grateful to have worked with them for the second time ! Thank you very much for all your...

Xaver Kriechbaum Date : May 6, 2020

I am an Australian citizen initially wishing to travel to America for personal reasons however, after the establishment and incorporation of a business in America, I needed a working Visa. This required me to go from a B-1 visa to...

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