Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure O-1 classification for internationally acclaimed director Paul Dugdale.

Mr. Paul Dugdale is credited with the cinematographic direction of countless  music films and documentary's.  He has impressively accumulated a roster of clientele that ranges across fields varying from music, film, business and fashion. Mr. Dugdale has been the leading director for impressive productions including Above & Beyond, Royal Blood: Live From The House of Vans, U2 Live MTV European Music Awards 2017, Sam Smith: The Thrill of it All Live, Apple Music Festival 10, The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!, Lenny Kravitz “Just Let Go” and Coldplay: Ghost Stories. Mr. Dugdale has received recognition from several critically acclaimed publications such as Billboard, NY Times, Variety, Rolling Stone, DJ Mag, Film Journal, NME, EDM Identity and EDM Sauce that have published articles about his impressive career and unique directing style. Mr. Dugdale has been individually recognized as both a pioneer in the ever-growing commercial and music scene, and a principally important figure in directing given his phenomenal contributions to the art world.

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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