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o-1 secured for sports and entertainment marketer

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg secured O-1 (Extraordinary Ability) classification on behalf of Ms. Iciri Rai, an internationally renowned Professional in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. 

In an illustrious career, Ms. Rai has established herself as an individual of extraordinary ability in the field of sports and entertainment marketing, and by virtue of her accomplishments, is recognized as a leading expert in her field today. Ms. Rai has served in senior marketing positions, including currently as Director of Sponsorships, Asia Pacific, with Mastercard. She previously worked with Leverage Agency in the United States. Ms. Rai has been pivotal to major collaborations on behalf of Mastercard and Leverage in the past, including for events such as the League of Legends World Championships, Amazon’s partnership with Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Grammy Music Festival, the Belmont Stakes, and many others. It has been our Firm’s honor to work with and represent Ms. Rai, and we look forward to watching her success continue in the United States and globally.

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 by appointment only in Los Angeles, California and Tel Aviv, Israel, 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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