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o-1 approval secured on behalf of iciri rai, marketing expert

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg has secured O-1A (Extraordinary Ability) classification on behalf of Ms. Iciri Rai, a renowned Global Director of Sports & Entertainment Marketing, and Leverage Agency, an award-winning full-service sports, entertainment and media marketing company.

In an illustrious career, Ms. Rai has established herself as an individual of extraordinary ability in the marketing industry and by virtue of her accomplishments, is recognized as one of the small percentage of experts leading the field today. Ms. Rai has served as a Marketing Manager, where she has been responsible for formulating strategic marketing and branding solutions for prestigious clients including John McEnroe Tennis Academy, World Team Tennis, Yonex, Super Bowl Host Committee, Jimmy Kimmel Live, FC Schalke 04, Cricket All Stars and the International Indian Film Academy, to name a few. It has been our Firm’s honor to work with and represent Leverage Agency and Ms. Rai.


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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