It is best said by a former client of our firm: "Dear Mr. Wilner. I just wanted to follow up and thank you again for obtaining the Permanent Residency Card for my wife. When we had all but given up, you persevered and did not give up. It was by your continuing to believe in us and never quitting that my wife is now approved. Our case was very difficult yet you were able to accomplish our goals, and this was by your direct effort and hard work. Thank you again for all that you have done for us."
Comprehensive Immigration Reform ("CIR") is on the horizon once again. And, while the protests of the recent past have subsided, they are likely to resurface again. That, coupled with unscrupulous providers of immigration law advice, including but not limited to attorneys from the Philippines working at local immigration firms and moonlighting as lawyers on the side, make it even more important to have competent legal counsel. In this continued time of hysteria, you must have someone that knows what they are doing so that your hopes can become your realities.
Do not become complacent because CIR is on the horizon. Continue to pursue and all forms of LEGAL relief possible. If a purported immigration lawyer is telling you something that sounds too good to be true. Guess what? It is. If a lawyer refuses to explain her strategy to you because it is their "magic", run out of their office; don't walk.
Do not hire someone to pursue relief that is unavailable at this time. To "open up a file" to purse a non-existent CIR related application is a waste of your time and hard-earned money. A credible lawyer will tell you that. To be cliché, you get what you pay for. And, if you are trying to save money on one of the most important decisions of your life to hire a paralegal that is working illegally, you will suffer on account of it. For example, several people have hired us who have all been victimized by the same paralegal who works at a local immigration firm. And, this paralegal/attorney in the Philippines has been reported to the Attorney General's office on account of it.
If you are TNT or an employer of TNT's, of course, you should be concerned. Your concern, however, should not result in your going into hiding because if it does, chances are you will not achieve the benefit you have hoped for all this time. Your concern should result in your trying to deal with the issues head-on. Find credible solutions to your problems. Doing the same thing undetected is not a solution.
To that end, sometimes it helps to know that people are succeeding in obtaining benefits even in they very complicated cases that we handle. For example, in the recent months, some of our successes include the following: obtaining lawful permanent residence for UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva; obtaining a P-1 non-immigrant visa for Cris Cyborg-the baddest woman in mixed martial arts-in under 48 hours; getting all the visas approved (again) for Eat Bulaga! and their crew; obtaining citizenship for an individual with frequent travel and therefore residency issues; assisting a foreign national in removal proceedings with vacating the conviction that caused them to be placed into removal proceedings to begin with.
While these cases virtually cover the spectrum of immigration law, one thing remains consistent: our advice, strategy and success is unmatched by anyone or any firm that claims to practice immigration law. Our lawyers are graduates of the most prestigious Universities in the world and are hotly sought after not only as lawyers, but speakers and chairs of bar associations. Along those lines, our lawyers are dedicated public servants, contributing countless volunteer hours to worthy causes and organizations. The "secret" to our success is simple: honest hard-work coupled with knowledge gained from education and experience.
Richard M. Wilner is a principal in the firm of WILNER & O'REILLY, APLC. He is Board Certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California's Bureau of Legal Specialization. He is a former Commissioner for the State Bar's Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in International Business Practices and a Juris Doctor from McGeorge as well. Additionally, he was granted a Certificate in International Law by the National University of Singapore. Mr. Wilner may be reached via email or by telephone at 800-352-7034