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michael wildes secures p-1 visas for venezuelan youth orchestra

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announced that Wildes & Weinberg recently secured P-1B visas for The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (as well as P-1S visas for the accompanying chaperones) so that they may perform as part of Lincoln Center’s First Annual Global Exchange (#artpropelstheworld).  The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela is the flagship product of El Sistema in Venezuela and made its debut in 2007 at the BBC Proms, an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, to critical acclaim. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and deferred live on BBC Four TV. The Youth Orchestra  has performed at prestigious events such as The Salzburg Festival, and are now considered key participants in the Lincoln Center Global Exchange.  The goal of the Lincoln Center Global Exchange Conference is to create and promote an effective global community of scholars to represent the field and its committed practitioners everywhere, and to advance cultural studies, projects, approaches, and methodologies throughout the world. The Global Exchange Conference provides a unique opportunity for bringing together international leaders focused on advancing the essential, catalyzing role of art and culture around the world. Live performances will illuminate discussions among influential voices in business, government, education, media, science, and the arts.

According the Michael, it is his honor to represent an iconic institution such as Lincoln Center with regard to their U.S. Immigration needs. The 16 acre complex is home to the world’s leading performing arts center as well as 11 resident arts organizations that represent the highest standards of excellence in symphony, opera, chamber music, theater, dance, film, and arts education.  

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, Wildes & Weinberg specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law. More than fifty five 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. 

Moreover, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, and literary agents including Joe Cocker, Johnny Rotten, Paloma Picasso, numerous Miss Universes, supermodel Giselle Bundchen and Sarah Brightman, the world’s bestselling female classical artist of the twenty-first century.

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice and serving as Counsel to Lincoln Center, Michael is also of counsel to two international/corporate law firms. A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993), Michael has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation, and is a frequent participant on professional panels and commentator on network television and radio with regard to US immigration law, employer sanction work and compliance.

Michael also served two terms as the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, was appointed to the District Appeals Board of the Selective Service System for the State of New Jersey, was a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Blue Panel on Immigration, and has been a guest lecturer at many distinguished forums and institutions including Yale University, New York University, Brooklyn Law School, and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where Michael is an Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration Law. 

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 maintains offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and just announced that it will be expanding to California in the near future, and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

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