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o-1 approval secured for gil shohat, conductor, composer and pianist

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is delighted to announce the approval of an O-1 visa petition filed on behalf of the world-renowned Israeli conductor, composer and pianist, Gil Shohat.

Gil has been performing all over the world for decades at the highest level of achievement. He has performed with, and had his songs performed by the top orchestras in the world, and he is commonly regarded as one of the most successful conductors, composers and pianists in the world.

Wildes & Weinberg has also secured an O-2 approval on behalf of Leonid Ptashka and Oleg Akopov, two extremely talented and successful musicians who will be accompanying Gil Shohat for his upcoming performance 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 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).

For more than fifty eight 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.

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