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michael wildes secures green card for international music star craig david

Wildes & Weinberg P.C. Continues to Meet the Immigration Needs of International Superstars

August 21, 2012: Wildes & Weinberg P.C. announced today that Managing Partner, Michael Wildes, secured Green Card approval for internationally renowned, multi-platinum music artist Craig David. Wildes gained approval for David through a visa designated for individuals who qualify as “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability.” As a result of Wildes’ work, Craig David will be able to permanently reside in the United States to continue working on his upcoming album. 

Often difficult to obtain, the ‘Extraordinary Ability’ (EB-1) Green Card category is meant for foreign-born individuals who have reached the pinnacles of their fields.  Wildes’ firm had previously secured an approval of a temporary O-1 visa for Craig David based on his outstanding musical talents. 

Recently, Craig David has been working with world renowned producers and songwriters such as Erick Morillo (International DJ, music producer and owner of the Subliminal Record label, has worked with notable artists such as P. Diddy), Jim Beanz (prominent producer and songwriter who has worked with the likes of Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, and Hilary Duff), and Fraser T. Smith (most recently recognized for his work with Adele on her album that swept the 2012 Grammy awards).

Born in Southampton, England, the Grammy-nominated artist and Ivor Novello winner (U.K.’s version of the Grammy) has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including his album Born to Do It, which went platinum 23 times over.

“It’s always exciting for us when we have the privilege of working with such talented and accomplished individuals like Craig David,” said Wildes. “We’re thrilled that he trusted the Wildes & Weinberg team with such an important and sensitive task and we welcome him to the United States with open arms.”

“I’m excited to continue my work in the United States alongside some of the greatest artists in the world,” said David.  “Many thanks to Michael Wildes and his legal team for making the visa and Green Card process effortless.”

Wildes instructs entertainers to remember to meet their legal obligations with regard to U.S. immigration in order to avoid postponements and cancellations of tours and other media events. He advises high profile international performers, entertainers, and athletes alike to choose a law firm that specializes in providing immigration services.

About Michael Wildes:

Wildes is a former Federal Prosecutor (1989-1993) and two term Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey (2004-2010). He and his firm have served as immigration counsel to an esteemed roster of renowned clientele in the entertainment industry. Notable clients include former Beatle John Lennon and his artist wife, Yoko Ono, Joe Cocker, Johnny Rotten, Paloma Picasso, the 2010, 2009 and 2008 Mses. Universe, supermodel Giselle Bundchen, and Sarah Brightman, the world’s bestselling female classical vocalist of the twenty-first century, among others.

About Wildes & Weinberg P.C.:

Founded in 1960, Wildes & Weinberg P.C. is the premier law firm in the United States, concentrating exclusively on the immigration and nationality field.  Today, the firm continues its illustrious tradition with a staff of over 40 individuals in its New York City and New Jersey offices.  The firm is known for its prompt and efficient service.  Despite its steady growth over the past 50+ years, the hallmark of the law practice remains the individualized attention to its clients’ needs.

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