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p-1a visa approvals secured for houston rocket players

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. represents the Houston Rockets in its immigration matters. The firm recently secured approvals of P-1A visa classification on behalf of two internationally recognized athletes who will be with the Houston Rockets for training camp: William McDowell-White and Anthony Bennett.  September 2019.


The P-1A visa is available to individuals coming to the United States to perform individually or part of a team at specific athletic competitions, at an internationally recognized level of performance. 

William McDowell-White has established himself as an internationally recognized athlete, qualifying for P-1A vis classification. Originally from Australia, William began his professional career playing in Basketball Bundesliga (Germany’s top division) and Australia’s NBL. He has been highlighted by and profiled in major sports publications, and has played with national teams that have won major awards and prizes. Due to his tremendous success and worldwide recognition in the basketball industry, he has been sought out to join the Houston Rockets for training camp during the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Anthony Bennett has similarly established himself as an internationally recognized athlete. Originally from Canada, he was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first Canadian to be drafted number one overall. Anthony is also a member of the Canadian national team. He has played at a professional level with many NBA teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets.

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

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