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eb-1 approved for hair stylist, educator and brand founder

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure EB-1 classification for celebrity hair stylist, educator and brand founder, Vernon François.   

Vernon Francois

Vernon Francois’ great talent attracts patronage from celebrity clients such as Lupita Nyong’o, Serena Williams, Willow Smith, Solange Knowles, Iman, Denée Benton, Amandla Stenberg, and many other high-profile professionals who seek out his skills to maintain their public image within their respective fields.  He serves as the primary hair stylist for elite celebrities as well as for numerous high-profile editorials for ELLE, VOGUE, InStyle and Cosmopolitan, plus famed campaigns for brands like Lancôme, L’Oréal, Cartier, and Calvin Klein.  Moreover, Vernon François has brought his creativity from his hometown of Huddersfield in Northern England to the global stage.  Obsessed with hair since childhood, Vernon has made huge contributions to the industry through his creation of a prestige brand of hair care and styling products for ALL hair types ~ VERNON FRANÇOIS® Haircare.  Vernon’s mission is to empower individuals the world over through education and mindset to recognize and maximize the beauty and versatility of their hair’s true texture, with an emphasis on kinky, coily and curly hair. 

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was founded in 1960 by Michael Wildes’ 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). The firm specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, has a distinguished domestic and international clientele, and can assist with any type of immigration matter including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications, all temporary and permanent type visas, and U.S. citizenship.    

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is also currently serving his third term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, is the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (which draws on over a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field), is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, and serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and several international/corporate law firms. Moreover, Michael 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 other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z”l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.   

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

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