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o-1 approved for activist 

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that the firm has secured an approval of O-1 visa classification on behalf of Jess Burke, who will be working with Zioness, a prominent grassroots organization with more than 30 chapters across the United States, fighting for advancement of social, racial, economic, environmental and gender justice in America. 

Originally from Canada, Jess Burke is an activist that focuses on anti-oppression and the inclusion of antisemitism in anti-racism practices. She has worked extensively with Jewish and queer communities across Canada. She advocates for sexual/gender wellness, women in politics, Jewish inclusion, combatting antisemitism in progressive spaces, intersectional feminism, and digital communications. Jess has served on several national boards and committees and has been the recipient of social justice awards. We look forward to watching her robust career continue in the United States and thank Jess for her kind testimonial:

I am a new hire by a US based non-profit that used Michael Wildes’ team for the purpose of an O-1 visa application and I cannot sing their praises enough. Michael is a seasoned professional, thorough, kind, demonstrates a tremendous degree of excellence, and I felt that every step of the intake, application and filing process were intentional, specific, and without a doubt led to success…on the first try. I would highly recommend working with Michael and any of the other wonderful team members at Wildes & Weinberg. Truly a positive experience in every sense! Highly recommended. 


Wildes & Weinberg was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner, Leon Wildes.  Nearly three quarters of a century later, the firm continues to concentrate its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International firms, banks, industrial, financial, and manufacturing concerns, as well as 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 performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, and literary agents. Most notable was Leon Wildes’ successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his artist wife, Yoko Ono in their deportation proceedings, the basis of which has inspired legislation, and has been portrayed in films, plays, and literary works worldwide.  Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z”l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Michael Wildes, the firm’s Managing Partner, is also currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey,  is the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (which draws on over a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field),  is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, and serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and several international/corporate law firms.

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, the firm has maintained an extraordinary track record for success in its cases. The firm’s litigation group has expanded its efforts in filing Mandamus Actions and other Actions in Federal Courts throughout the nation.

In addition, Wildes & Weinberg’s multilingual staff is spread throughout its offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and Los Angeles, California (by appointment only) and are known for their experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism.

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