Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce the successful representation of Mr. Eugene Gasana, the former Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations and Minister of State in charge of International Cooperation, in his Section 13 immigration matter, October 2018.
Under Section 13 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, individuals who entered the United States under diplomatic status and meet certain criteria are eligible to obtain permanent residence status (i.e. a green card).
According to Mr. Gasana, “I am deeply thankful for the hard work and expertise of Mr. Michael Wildes in securing permanent residence for my family. With limited options available to us, Mr. Wildes brilliantly leveraged a rarely-used provision of law known as 'Section 13 adjustment' that protects former diplomats like myself. Adding to the complexity, our case required approval before my eldest son turned 21-years-old and would no longer be my dependent. As the deadline approached, Mr. Wildes and his team worked tirelessly to notify the top USCIS officials to ensure that our cases were timely approved. As a former Ambassador to the United Nations, I have had the privilege to know some of the best legal professionals internationally. Through this experience, I can confirm that Mr. Wildes and the lawyers at Wildes and Weinberg certainly rank among the world’s best."
Michael, a former federal prosecutor and the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door, also served two terms as the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey (and recently became the Democratic mayoral nominee once again), was appointed to the District Appeals Board of the Selective Service System for the State of New Jersey, was a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Blue Panel on Immigration, and has been a guest lecturer at many distinguished forums and institutions including Yale University, New York University, Brooklyn Law School, and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where Michael is an Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration Law.
In addition, Michael has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation, and is internationally recognized for his successful representation of many defectors who have provided difficult to obtain national security information to the U.S. In addition to rotating his time between his four offices (New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and by appointment in Los Angeles, California), Mr. Wildes is a regular participant on professional panels as well as a frequent commentator and legal analyst on network television and radio.
His firm, Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner, Leon Wildes, Michael’s father, who is best known for his successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon in his deportation proceedings, the circumstances of which inspired legislation, documentaries, and books. As a niche firm, the multi-lingual staff of Wildes & Weinberg, has experience in 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, all temporary and permanent type visas, naturalization, and Form I-9 compliance and has been servicing the immigration needs of prominent American and International corporations, banks, industrial, financial and manufacturing concerns, as well as law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.
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, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s recent clients include famed artist Sarah Brightman, several Miss Universe winners as well as soccer icon Pele and Chef Jean-Georges.
For inquiries, please contact Michael Wildes at firstname.lastname@example.org.