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o-1 approval secured for amy wadge, songwriter

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of the talented songwriter, Amy Wadge.

Amy won a Grammy Award in 2016 for co-writing the song “Thinking Out Loud” with Ed Sheeran, who is one of the most popular and successful musical artists. Amy has received a number of other awards, and has also received a great deal of media attention from the international press. In addition to working extensively with Ed Sheeran, Amy has also co-written both for and with established and emerging artists such as Janelle Monae, Keith Urban, James Blunt, Jason Mraz, Jessie Ware, Ella Henderson, Birdy, Jasmine Thompson and The Shires, among others. We look forward to watching her career continue to grow in the United States!

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 3 of the 6 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).

For more than fifty six years, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg has concentrated its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International individuals and corporations, banks, industrial, financial and manufacturing concerns, and law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.  In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for investors, scientists, physicians, bankers, performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, and literary agents.

For more information on the O-1 visa category, which allows individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education and business to live and work in the United States, please visit our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at

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