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eb-1 approval secured for paola kudacki, photographer

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg has secured EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability) classification on behalf of Ms. Paola Kudacki, a world renowned Photographer.

The EB-1 is the initial step in the green card process, and is roughly the permanent equivalent to the O-1 visa category.

In an illustrious career, Ms. Kudacki has established herself as an individual of extraordinary ability as a Photographer and by virtue of her accomplishments, has risen to the very top of her field of endeavor.  Ms. Kudacki’s stylish photographs have been featured in, and on the covers of widely circulated popular magazines such as Elle, GQ, Paper, TIME, and Vogue, to name a few. She has been recruited by leading apparel and cosmetics companies to photograph Advertising Campaigns for Puma, Pantene, Cover Girl, H&M, Bergdorf Goodman, YSL Skincare, Clinique, L’Oreal, Revlon, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Galleries Lafayette, Lanvin, Saks Fifth Avenue, MaxMara, Tamara Mellon, Victoria Secret, and more. While acting as a photographer for these major projects, Ms. Kudacki has photographed a long list of A-list celebrities and notable figures, including Beyonce, Julianne Moore, Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna,  Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Pharrell, Amy Schumer, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Alicia Keys, Lena Dunham, Kiera Knightly, Emily Blunt, FKA Twigs, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, Ridley Scott, Viggo Mortenssen and Jane Fonda.  It is our Firm’s honor to have represented Ms. Kudacki in securing approval of her immigrant petition.


Founded in 1960 by Michael’s father, Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings, the circumstances of which have inspired several films and documentaries, Wildes & Weinberg specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law. More than fifty six years since its inception the firm continues to serve a distinguished domestic and international clientele and covers all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications and all temporary and permanent type visas. 

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and two international/corporate law firm and is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients such as performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, race car drivers, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s recent clients include famed artist Sarah Brightman, several Miss Universe winners as well as soccer icon Pele and Chef Jean-Georges. 

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, Wildes & Weinberg has  maintained an extraordinary track record for success for its cases.  In addition, the firm’s  multilingual  staff is known for its experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism. 

Today, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg, which continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law has offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and by appointment in Los Angeles, California.

For more information on this visa category or any other classification please visit our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at to schedule a consultation.

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