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o-1 approved for famed pattern maker

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed on behalf of famed pattern maker Nicolas Caito to secure him O-1 classification.

Nicolas Caito is an extraordinarily talented pattern maker who has become internationally known and renowned in his field. According to ELLE USA, some of the most influential New York designers, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Zac Posen, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Peter Som, Prabal Gurung, The Row and J Mendel have at some point entrusted Nicolas Caito with their most intricate designs, making him “New York’s most in-demand patternmaker”. Nicolas Caito’s skills have brought a new dimension to patternmaking in New York. Some of the most creative designs seen on the New York runways or worn on the red carpet for the past 10 years have been made possible thanks to Nicolas Caito’s innovative draping, impeccable tailoring and intricate detailing. In collaboration with Herve Pierre, Nicolas Caito has been First Lady Melania Trump’s pattern maker for various impressive occasions around the 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).

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was founded in 1960 by Michael’s father, Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings (the circumstances of which have inspired several films and documentaries). The firm specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, has a distinguished domestic and international clientele, and can assist with any type of immigration matter including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications, all temporary and permanent type visas, and U.S. citizenship. 

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is a three term Mayor in 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. Moreover, Michael is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients such as performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, race car drivers, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Today the firm of Wildes & Weinberg has offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and a presence in Los Angeles, California, and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

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