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o-1 approval for art director, curator, and artist

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed on behalf of Alaya Gujral. Ms. Gujral has built an illustrious career as an art curator, creative director and artist.  

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Alaya Gujral has become well known throughout the world in connection with the highly successful events and exhibitions she has been involved with in a critical capacity. She has worked with many prominent organizations and galleries in the United States and India, and has been profiled in numerous art industry publications and has been lauded as one of the 10 most influential person’s in Chicago according to a recent publication. 

Ms. Gujral began her career in the arts at an early age. Her family is very well known and highly respected in India and internationally. She is the granddaughter of world-renowned artist Satish Gujral, niece of benevolent Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, and daughter to parents lauded for their ongoing support and development of the arts worldwide. She attended college at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in order to hone her skills as an artist and curator, but she had already achieved a great deal of success on her own, prior to and after her additional education. 

Moreover, over the course of her career, Ms. Gujral has been invited to show her own artistic work at a series of exhibitions, and she has worked closely as an Art Director and Curator with Canvas Chicago, where she has played a vital role in the execution of the organization’s successful events including Future Galerie, Voyager and Sub Chroma. Most recently, Ms. Gujral formed a new online art auction sweepstakes platform called “Future Galerie” and launched it with a series of “auctions for social justice”. As cited in the press, Ms. Gujral saw an opportunity to showcase local artists while working towards social justice causes like Black Lives Matter. 

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).  

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was 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). 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, as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and 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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