client saved from deportation by proving acquisition of u.s. citizenship

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that through the use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Wildes & Weinberg successfully proved acquisition of U.S. Citizenship for a client who thought he would be deported.  We were able to prove that he had actually acquired U.S. citizenship prior to his 18th birthday, and as a U.S. citizen, could NOT be deported.

Our firm was successful in proving United States citizenship for a client earlier this year under special circumstances. 

The client entered the United States at the age of nine (9) being sponsored by his Lawful Permanent Resident mother.  The client mother’s initially entered the United States under the name of a former spouse. She then obtained a name change while in the U.S. as a resident alien. When she applied for naturalization to become a United States citizen, she elected to change her name yet again as part of the naturalization process.   Unfortunately, our client’s mother then died shortly after naturalizing and our client had no knowledge of his mother’s U.S. immigration history.  

Fast forward 20 years. This individual is convicted of a financial crime in excess of $30,000.00 putting in jeopardy his lawful permanent resident status.  

Our office was successful in discovering through the National Archives the court where the applicant’s mother petitioned to become a United States citizen, thus obtaining her alien number. We then submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the mother’s file from USCIS archives.  We also were able to obtain a copy of our client’s files from USCIS archives. 

Once we gathered all the pertinent information, we were able to determine the lineage and discovered that our client was indeed a U.S. citizen derivatively as his mother did become a U.S. citizen prior to his 18th birthday, thus avoiding potential deportation from the United States.  We even assisted with obtaining a U.S. passport for our client.   

Another successful outcome of a case handled by Wildes & Weinberg, P.C.

More than fifty seven years since its inception the firm continues to serve a distinguished domestic and international clientele and covers all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications and all temporary and permanent type visas. In addition, the firm is internationally renowned for its 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, literary agents, and Fortune 500 companies. Some of the firm’s recent clients include famed artist Sarah Brightman, several Miss Universe winners as well as soccer icon Pele. 

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, Wildes & Weinberg has  maintained an extraordinary track record for success in its cases and the firm’s  multilingual  staff is known for its experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s matter with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism. 

Today, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg, maintains offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and by appointment in Los Angeles, California.

To learn more about Wildes & Weinberg, please contact Managing Partner Michael Wildes at to schedule an appointment to see how we can be of assistance to you, your friends, or family.

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Josh Wildes & everyone on the W&W team were excellent with dealing with my green card application. The team were responsive to any questions, set clear goals & requirements for any & all documentation and were clear on what to...

Kelvin Barker Date : March 10, 2023

I received my Green Card from Michael Wildes and his firm some days ago. The petition approval and Green Card release represent a real achievement for people like me in the US. Michael Wildes and his team are excellent, and...

Luca Zammataro Date : November 22, 2022

Dear Michael Wildes, my husband and I would like to thank you and your team,  the work was not easy, especially in the statement, there were a lot of flaws, but we managed to correct everything in a short time,...

Jacques Carline Date : August 3, 2022

Our client David came to us after spending more than three years stuck in the immigration court morass with another attorney. His individual hearing wasn’t scheduled to occur for over a year, and he thought it might get pushed off...

David E. Date : June 8, 2022

Josh Wildes and Yoni Jonas are amazing! We sought Wildes & Weinberg help because our application for naturalization was taking a long time and seemed to be stuck in the system indefinitely. Within two weeks of submitting our paperwork to...

Daniela Bustamante Date : June 1, 2022

Michael Wildes and the rest of the team at Wildes & Weinberg were tremendously helpful in navigating us through the complexities of the immigration process. We are really happy with their service and would 100% recommend them to anyone looking...

Alan Herskowich and Nicole Woroszylski Date : May 26, 2022

Michael and his team are very professional and they always deliver. If you're looking to hire the best possible immigration law firm, you don't have to look any further, Wildes & Weinberg is the one.

Nick Holmstren Date : January 7, 2022

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