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o-1 approval secured for naoko shimizu, medical consultant

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg has secured an O-1 visa approval on behalf of Ms. Naoko Shimizu, a medical consultant and President of Sakura Lifesave Associates, Inc., based on her extraordinary ability and success.

Throughout the years, Naoko has quickly risen to the very top of her field as one of the foremost medical consultants in the world, bringing health care to thousands of Japanese patients who would otherwise be left without access to modern technology changing the face of medical procedures (and their availability) in Japan. Naoko has been interviewed on the most highly rated television news programs in Japan, she has been written about in widely circulated magazines and newspapers, she has given speeches to many prestigious international organizations, and she writes a regular monthly expert column in a widely circulated newspaper in the US. We look forward to seeing the incredible impact she will have on the medical community 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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