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o-1 approval secured for shay zandani, cybersecurity expert

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured an O-1 visa approval on behalf of Shay Zandani, international cybersecurity expert.

In an illustrious career spanning more than 20 years, Mr. Zandani has established himself as a pioneer in cybersecurity. Since 1990, he has worked to establish systems and platforms to secure databases and IT infrastructure  from cyberattacks on behalf of prestigious organizations including the Security Department of the Israeli Air Force IT Unit, Kesselman Global Risk Management Solutions (a subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers), and most recently with Cytegic. He is regularly profiled in the pages of the industry’s most widely-read and trusted publications and invited to speak at and participate in the most prestigious industry conferences throughout the world. We look forward to watching his successful career continue 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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