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a successful asylum claim

Managing Partner Michael Wildes and his team are pleased to announce another successful Political Asylum Matter.

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This matter involved “a gentleman who established an important NGO in Burundi and who was forced to flee in the face of false political accusations, threats, and sexual violence perpetuated upon his family by the Burundi military.  After waiting over four years for an asylum interview, he hired our office to obtain an interview.  We successfully requested an expedited hearing with the Newark asylum office on the grounds that his wife is in danger in Burundi and is currently living as a displaced refugee in Uganda.  We received an interview within two months of our request, and an approval about two months after that.  We are now working to reunite him with his wife and son in the United States, where they hope to start anew, unafraid of politically-motivated violence.  We are honored and humbled to welcome him into our American family.”  Michael Wildes, Managing Partner.

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 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 (zl), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump.     

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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