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o-1 approval secured for mr. francois “mido” el-alfy, music industry tour manager

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured O-1 Extraordinary Ability visa classification on behalf of Mr. Francois “Mido” El-Alfy, an internationally renowned tour manager in the music industry.

Mr. El-Alfy has established himself as an individual of extraordinary ability in the music industry as a tour manager and by virtue of his accomplishments, which are detailed below, has risen to the very top of his field of endeavor. He possesses a level of expertise that personifies that he is one of the small percentage of experts in this critical area. With an impressive career that extends all over the world, Mr. El-Alfy is a star in the field of music tour management. He has worked with, and contributed to the success of some of the top bands and musical artists in the music industry over the last several years, including famous bands such as Yellowcard, Kaiser Chiefs, Temples and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC), and has been pivotal to their sold-out global tours and platinum record sales. Mido has been written about in major publications and is highly sought after as one of the top Tour Managers in the world. It has been our Firm’s honor to work with and represent Mr. El-Alfy.

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 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.

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