section 13 permanent resident status (green card) approved for former foreign diplomat

Wildes & Weinberg recently succeeded in securing a green card for an individual who previously served as a high-level foreign Representative to the United Nations in New York. We also secured green cards for his spouse and child.

The country in question was involved in political corruption and publicized sensitive information about this individual. As a result, it became dangerous for him and his family to return to their country of origin.

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.

Wildes & Weinberg 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 is a huge victory, and we are thrilled to have successfully obtained green cards for this remarkable family so they can remain safely in the United States.

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