Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce the successful representation of a client in their appeal of an H-1B denial in Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. The filing of the APA complaint forced the government to reconsider and quickly approve the H-1B petition.
In this particular instance, the foreign national held a Master’s degree from the prestigious New York University. She was offered a unique position with a premier real estate company in New York. USCIS denied the H visa petition stating that the job was not a specialty occupation because the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) does not establish that operations research analysts require a Bachelor’s in a specific specialty.
USCIS had ignored voluminous evidence in their denial demonstrating clearly the specialty occupation nature of the position. The Wildes & Weinberg team filed a complaint in federal court showing clearly that this denial was an abuse of discretion. Rather than contest the matter on the merits, USCIS quickly agreed to approve the case.
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 (z’l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.
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.