Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure O-1 classification for internationally acclaimed social impact strategist, Kunal Sood.

In an illustrious career spanning the last decade, Mr. Sood has established himself as an individual of extraordinary ability as a Social Impact Strategist and extraordinary global citizen. By virtue of his accomplishments, which are detailed below, he has risen to the very top of his field of endeavor and possesses a level of expertise which personifies that he is one of the small percentage of Social Impact Strategists in the world. Kunal Sood is Founder of the X-Fellows  X Impact Group and NOVUS.  He is deeply committed  towards solving for humanity’s global grand challenges using science, innovation and exponential technologies. He is the founder of the Humanitarian Innovation Forum at the United Nations and  serves as Director of Strategic Relations at Halo Drop and X Fold a Life Saving Drone Company based out of NASA AMES Research Park in Silicon Valley. Currently Kunal is an Advisory Board member at EDCast,, Nexus India, Hack Cancer and the Global People Summit during the UNGA.  From working in the slums of Mumbai to collaborating with the United Nations General Assembly in New York,  Kunal has an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on humanity. As the founding Curator and Executive Producer at TEDxUNPlaza and a CCARE Fellow at Stanford University, Kunal is deeply passionate about transforming the lives of a billion people worldwide by creating exponential leaders that can leverage technological innovation and media to transform our world.  He has a lifelong love for learning, with five Masters degrees under his belt and is a graduate of the GSP program at Singularity University. He is a TED Resident and Disruptive Fellow at the World Innovation Summit. Mr. Sood’s deep commitment towards building moral courage and effective altruism in society is commendable as he believes it is critical in order for society to flourish into the future.


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.

For more information on the O-1 visa category, please visit our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at


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