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o-1 and o-2 approved for designer and team

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that he has once again secured an O-1 visa approval for UK national Sam Gainsbury and members of her team. 

Sam Gainsbury is a world-famous designer and producer of fashion shows, exhibitions, and high-end corporate events.  Together with Anna Whiting, they founded their full-service production and creative consultancy company, Gainsbury & Whiting, in 2000.  

Sam Gainsbury and her team have produced and provided creative consultancy for innovative fashion shows and events for some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses and companies, including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Lanvin, Tom Ford, Adidas by Stella McCartney, Diesel, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein among many others. They are constantly sought out by leading brands and companies for their expertise.  

Sam Gainsbury received much press attention and recognition for her role as Design Consultant for the record-breaking “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which is among the 10 most visited shows in the museum’s history, with over 650,000 visitors. In 2013, Sam Gainsbury once again also provided her experiential design expertise to the Met Museum, for its “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition, which was similarly popular as one of the most popular Met exhibitions.   

In order to qualify for an O-1 visa, which allows individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education or business to live and work in the United States, a foreign national must provide adequate documentation to demonstrate that he/she has sustained national or international acclaim in their field. 

In addition, the individual must provide substantial evidence to prove that he/she meets three of the evidence categories defined by statute, as well as a written advisory opinion from a labor union or relevant peer group. The O-1 visa applicant must also show that he/she has an offer of employment in the United States to work in his/her field of expertise (or several offers of employment from multiple sources, along with a third-party Agent to petition on the individual’s behalf and connect him/her to the multiple employers).  

The O-2 visa is available for individuals who will accompany an O-1, artist, or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance.  


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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