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o-1 visa secured for international journalist

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure O-1 classification for internationally journalist, Laura Collins.  

Laura Collins was appointed as New York-based Senior Reporter for Mail Online – the world’s largest English-language newspaper website – in 2012; she is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter. At that time, Mail Online attracted about 229 million unique visitors from around the world every month, and about 14.2 million unique visitors per day, and Mrs. Collins’ stories were regularly made prominent features of the site. Mrs. Collins has reported on Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey, the Boston Marathon attacks, the Ebola outbreak in Dallas, and the riots in Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown, as well as exclusive interviews with people like Asia Argento and Linda Tripp. She has covered important stories such as George Floyd, the Derek Chauvin trial and Bill Cosby’s trial. Today, Mrs. Collins remains at the forefront of her field as Chief Investigative Reporter of DailyMail and is one of the most respected and accomplished journalists anywhere in the world.

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was founded in 1960 by Michael Wildes’ 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 also currently serving his third 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. 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 (z”l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former 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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