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section 13 approval secured for turkish diplomat

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce another successful Section 13  representation, this time from Turkey, 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).

Wildes & Weinberg succeeded once again n securing a green card for a high-ranking individual from Turkey as well as his spouse and children. The name of our client will not be disclosed for security reasons.

Section 13 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of September 11, 1957 was created by Congress to allow certain individuals who entered the United States under diplomatic status to obtain a green card (permanent residence). It must be proven to the U.S. government that the applicant entered the U.S. in a certain diplomatic immigration status, that he/she failed to maintain their status, that there are compelling reasons why he/she cannot return to the country which accredited him/her as a diplomat, and that granting him/her a green card would be in the national interest of the United States, among other requirements.

The firm submitted exhaustive evidence to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to demonstrate that our client and his immediate family members were eligible for green cards based on this provision of the law. The U.S. government limits the number of Section 13 green card applications it will approve each year, often granting fewer than 50 in a given year. This huge victory, comes on the heels of another one, where  and we are thrilled to have successfully obtained green cards for this remarkable family so they can remain safely in the United States.

Wildes & Weinberg is a boutique law firm specializing exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law and was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner 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, books, and documentaries.

Today the firm, which has offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and by appointment in Los Angeles, California, services 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 to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is also of counsel to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and two international/corporate law firms. A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993), Michael has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation, and is a frequent participant on professional panels and commentator on network television and radio with regard to US immigration law, employer sanction work and compliance.

Michael, 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.  

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

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