It should come as no surprise that the hottest band in the universe-The Black Eyed Peas-choose the immigration firm of Wilner & O'Reilly to assist its Filipino band member with his immigration needs.
Allan Pineda aka Apl de Aps is originally from the Philippines. A lawful permanent resident of the United States for years, Aps always had to go to the green card holder line when the rest of his band mates traveled through the U.S. Citizen line. This gets troublesome when your own tour the majority of the year. This is but one reason why Aps decided to become an American Citizen.
So, when it came time to decide who to hire to do the naturalization application, Apl chose Richard Wilner of Wilner & O'Reilly. After interviewing a number of immigration lawyers and being approached by self proclaimed experts, Apl choose Richard. Simply put, and as Apl describes, "the vibe was right".
Wilner filed Aps' naturalization application in February of this year. Wilner was able to arrange for naturalization interview within a little over 4 months and then arrange a private naturalization ceremony before the Honorable Dickran Tevrizian of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Apl will travel to Canada on July 1, 2005, as a United States Citizen, for the band's thirty day Canadian tour.
"I'm delighted that APL's naturalization interview and private ceremony went so smoothly" Wilner commented. "I will be forever grateful to the employees of the our government who made this all possible and of course, to the Federal court for accommodating us on such short notice." "I am even more delighted that I can simply refer to Apl now as my friend; not my client".