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o-1 approval secured for acclaimed chef

Managing Partner is proud to announce that Wildes & Weinberg has been successful in obtaining O1 visa classification for star Swedish-German chef Bjorn Weissgerber.  

Bjorn Weissgerber has an extensive and impressive background in the culinary arts that spans two decades. For the last five years, he has served as Chef Director of the acclaimed restaurant Sexy Fish in London, and previously in critical roles as Group Executive Chef of ZUMA Restaurants in the United Kingdom and United States. He also worked as a chef at El Bulli as well as Ca’s Puers in Spain, and while at the latter was a crucial element in the attainment of a coveted Michelin Star. Numerous articles have been published about Mr. Weissgerber and his culinary creations, and he has earned praise from leading chefs around the globe, including Roland Trettl, Eckhart Witzigmann, Oriol Castro, and Ferran Adria. Mr. Weissgerber will be a critical component of Sexy Fish’s U.S. operations in Miami, where the restaurant will be opening this fall. We look forward to Mr. Weissgerber’s contributions to the culinary arts in America and are confident that under his leadership, Sexy Fish Miami will enjoy the same level of incredible success its sister restaurant has experienced abroad. 

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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