INS OKS GREEN CARD FOR WTC WIDOWER
over a year of uncertainty and increasing public pressure, Vasiliy Ryjov
received the right to remain in the United States.
Vasiliy Ryjov received wide-spread national sympathy and support following
the attacks on September 11, 2001. His wife, Tatiana, was a victim of
the World Trade Center attacks while working on the 91 floor of the second
tower, losing her life while on the telephone with her husband. U.S. Senator
Chuck Schumer, was noted for having rigorously pressed the New York Immigration
and Naturalization Services on Mr. Ryjov’s case.
Following the tragic death of Tatiana, a Russian citizen- -Vasiliy’s
immigration status became uncertain, despite the fact that his two young
children (one a U.S. citizen, the other a permanent resident) could remain
in the United States.
Michael Wildes, Ryvov’s attorney and a former federal prosecutor
-- also represented Deena Gilbey – a British woman who was similarly
left in legal limbo after her husband was killed at the Trade Center.
Her case also attracted international attention until Wildes succeeded
and she was awarded permanent residency in July.
Wildes stated: “Mr. Ryjov extends his thanks and appreciation to
the good and kind people of the United States, whom without he would not
have endured this ordeal, and to those at the INS, who, have agreed to
permit his family to now remain on U.S. soil and go on with their lives,”
concluded Wildes. Michael Wildes particularly singled out Senator Schumer’s
efforts on Mr. Ryjov’s behalf: “We are grateful to Senator
Chuck Schumer and his offices for their intervention, graciousness and
steadfast support of the Ryjov family”.
for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer