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o-1 extension secured for colin lester, music manager

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure O-1 classification for internationally renowned music manager, Colin Lester.

Colin Lester is considered among the ranks of such figures as Allen Klein (ABCKO Records), Peter Grant (manager of Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds), Lucian Grainge (Universal Music Group), and René Angélil (manager of Celine Dion), the world’s foremost music executives and managers.  He has managed the careers of some of the biggest musicians in British history, including superstar Craig David and the alt-rock sensations Travis and Arctic Monkeys, whose most recent tour in New York City sold out Madison Square Garden (nearly 20,000 person capacity) both nights and whose albums have gone quintuple platinum in the U.K.  His influence on the music world cannot be overstated, as he has led musicians of all genres to highly successful careers and universal fame.

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 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.

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