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israel accepted into the us visa waiver program

Israel is accepted into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program: We can assist through our Tel Aviv Office!

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that the United States has officially accepted Israel into the Visa Waiver Program!

Israel joins 40 other countries admitted to the Visa Waiver Program, which permits the nationals of those countries to apply for entrance into America as visitors for up to 90 days without the need of a formal visa. Once Israel is added to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), Israeli nationals will be able to seek travel authorization through an online system that approves (or denies) entry to those seeking to visit the United States within 72 hours at a cost of $21. Generally, an ESTA approval is valid for 2 years and can be used for multiple trips within that period, but can only be utilized for visits/vacations, and does not grant any work authorization or a path to remain in the United States beyond the authorized period. This is a historic move aimed at boosting bilateral ties and includes other provisions that both countries must implement to ease travel to and from both countries its citizens.

To view the list of countries eligible for this benefit, follow this link:

From former Prime Ministers to Israel’s greatest scholars, talent, entrepreneurs, and country leaders, our firm has handled the U.S. immigration work for countless people as well as these renown individuals: Moti Giladi, Tzvika Pick, Sarit Hadad, Arkadi Duchin, Assi Cohen, Tzvika Hadar, Dove Glickman, Hanoch Daum, Shlomo Artzi, Shanee Zamir, Gad Elbaz, Edan Alterman and Avi Graynik,  members of Yeladim Sorgim, Yardena Arazi, Eyal Golan, Subliminal, Amir Dadon, Eran Zaracovitz and Idan Amedi, to name a few.

Wildes & Weinberg was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner, Leon Wildes.  Nearly three quarters of a century later, the firm continues to concentrate its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International firms, banks, industrial, financial, and manufacturing concerns, as well as law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.

In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, and literary agents. Most notable was Leon Wildes’ successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his artist wife, Yoko Ono in their deportation proceedings, the basis of which has inspired legislation, and has been portrayed in films, plays, and literary works worldwide.  Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z”l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges, musicians Sinead O’ Connor and Boy George, as well as Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Michael Wildes, the firm’s Managing Partner, is also currently serving his fourth 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.

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, the firm has maintained an extraordinary track record for success in its cases. The firm’s litigation group has expanded its efforts in filing Mandamus Actions and other Actions in Federal Courts throughout the nation.

In addition, Wildes & Weinberg’s multilingual staff is spread throughout its offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, Denver, Colorado and by appointment only in Los Angeles, California and Tel Aviv, Israel, and are known for their experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism.        

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