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o-1 approval secured for andrei kravets, business leader

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured O-1 visa classification on behalf of Mr. Andrei Kravets, an internationally recognized business leader.

Andrei Kravets has built an illustrious reputation over the past 20 years and has become recognized internationally as a leader in the business of product, marketing and branding strategy through his work representing some of the most well-known brands on earth. Mr. Kravets, citizen of the Russian Federation, has over 25 years of experience in product and brand development in Russia and Ukraine. As a senior executive, he played an instrumental role in developing those markets by major US and other international companies like Pepsi, Kraft Foods, Mars Inc. and Diageo. He has also achieved outstanding results in building new, successful businesses with the major Russian Retail Corporation, X5 Retail Group, where he built and led a brad/product development division with sales of over $2 bn. Mr. Kravets possesses a unique set of skills and experiences in a variety of business fields very few individual possess.

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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