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o1 visa approved for uk pop legend rick astley

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is thrilled to announce that Wildes and Weinberg has been successful in securing O1 visa approval for famed singer Rick Astley and O2 visa approvals for key members of his support staff.  

Mr. Astley gained worldwide fame in the late 1980s with multiple chart-topping hits including “Never Gonna Give You Up”, “Together Forever” and “Cry For Help” to name a few. After a retirement of 15 years Rick started touring again and in 2016 released the number 1 platinum selling album “50”. Since then, Rick has been touring the world and continuing releasing new music. In 2021, the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” crossed 1 billion views on YouTube alone, a milestone matched by only a handful of other artists. During the summer of 2022, Mr. Astley will be touring the United States with equally acclaimed acts New Kids On The Block and Salt-N-Pepa, and Wildes & Weinberg is happy to have played a small part in reuniting Mr. Astley with his legions of adoring American fans. Mr. Astley joins a roster of legendary performers the firm has represented over the last 60 years, such as acclaimed musician John Lennon.

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.

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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