NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildes & Weinberg is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Michael Wildes secured a work visa for Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011. She has been approved for her U.S. visa based on her outstanding work in her field. Born and raised in Angola, she is the country's first winner of the Miss Universe Pageant.
"Shortly after winning the title we begin to plan international travels for the winner," said a representative from Miss Universe. "Michael Wildes' firm is professional, caring and a pleasure to work with. They make the process simple."
This marks the fifth Miss Universe the firm has represented. Michael Wildes has obtained green cards for: Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe 2009, and several O visas for Jimena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010. Michael Wildes' father, Leon assisted Rita Messinger, Miss Universe 1976, acquire U.S. citizenship.
"These young ladies have a lot on their plate and with the title of Miss Universe comes global responsibility," said Michael Wildes. "It's a pleasure to make their jobs that much easier. The firm knows their needs and is able to get things done quickly."
Michael Wildes is the Managing Partner of Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., the premier law firm specializing exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law. With offices in Manhattan and New Jersey, the firm has built a sterling reputation with a specialization in obtaining the highly sought O-1 visa for outstanding individuals across industries such as professional sports, couture fashion and modeling, entertainment, and music. He has served as counsel to esteemed clientele-including Valentino, Bulgari, Ferragamo, Vera Wang, Yoko Ono, Gisele Bundchen, Greg Norman, Sarah Brightman, Virginia Wade, and world-renowned athletes in the NHL and NBA, and the newly revived New York Cosmos.
Michael Wildes is a former Federal Prosecutor (1989-1993) and Mayor (2004-2010). He has represented the United States Government in immigration proceedings, and now in private practice, has become internationally renowned for successfully representing several defectors who provided hard-to-obtain national security information to the United States. As Mayor, he obtained an injunction to prevent Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from residing in New Jersey during the 2009 U.N. Summit.
SOURCE Wildes & Weinberg P.C.