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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Four Countries

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed a notice that extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua to January 2020, as the result of federal court action. Currently, there are as many as 300,000 non-citizens living in the United States under TPS. The new expiration date will allow these Read More

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James Introduces Bill to Protect Immigrant Workers from Retaliation

New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced she has proposed a bill that would punish employers who retaliate against immigrant workers by threatening to disclose their immigration status to federal law enforcement.   Her legislation would preclude employers from contacting federal agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if the employee lodged a Read More

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New Jersey Businesses Accused of Immigration Service Fraud

In November 2018, more than two dozen New Jersey businesses were cited for allegedly defrauding individuals by charging them for immigration services that they were not authorized to provide. As of February 2019, some of the businesses who were accused of fraud pleaded no contest and started paying penalties. However, according to the USA TODAY Read More

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Filing a Writ of Mandamus to Speed Up Your Immigration Matter as USCIS Processing Delays Hit All-Time High

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently posted data which shows crisis-level delays in the agency’s processing of applications and petitions for immigration benefits.  These delays have caused significant harm to vulnerable populations across the country.   In 2003, the USCIS created by Congress with the goal of efficiently processing immigration-related applications and petitions.  Read More

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Immigrants with HIV May No Longer Seek Treatment if DHS Proposal Passes

WNYC reported that a Trump administration proposal on how it determines which immigrants are allowed to come into this country may result in fewer non-citizens who are currently in this country with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) continuing to seek treatment.   On September 21, 2018, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen signed Read More

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LGBTQ Asylum Considerations

Individuals being persecuted because of their sexual orientation and identified gender is not a new phenomenon. Oftentimes, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) are the victims of discrimination, trauma, and persecution. Many LGBTQ refugees who fear that they will be harmed based on their gender identity or sexual Read More

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Catch & Return: Policy on Fishing Boats, but Not Human Lives

The federal government enters its fourth week of shutdown (or, as it is more diplomatically put, “lapse in appropriations”) because of what Donald Trump calls a humanitarian crisis at the border. Such importance is placed on this crisis that we have 80, 000 federal workers staring at yet another week without pay. So… what crisis Read More

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Government Shutdown Leads to Cancelation of Thousands of Immigration Cases

On December 22, 2018, parts of the government shut down after Congress and the White House failed to agree on a spending deal. One month later, the government shutdown continues and, as of January 12, 2019, was recorded as the longest in U.S. history.  The government shutdown has had a negative impact on many agencies, Read More

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Asylum Policies for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims

In a recent ruling, a federal judge struck down several portions of the Justice Department’s policies, which made it more challenging for non-citizens to claim asylum due to domestic or gang violence. The judge ruled on the basis that the “expedited removal” policies violated existing immigration law.   The policies were originally ordered by former Read More

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Deportation of Legal and Undocumented Immigrants if Visa or Benefits Denied

Recently, the Trump administration expanded the guidelines for summoning immigrants before an immigration judge. On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) policy memorandum which provided guidance on when the USCIS may issue Form I-862, Notice to Appear. An NTA is the charging document in a Read More

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Immigration Consequences of Criminal and Fraudulent Conduct
The immigration consequences of criminal or fraudulent conduct can be harsh and often illogical. Even a very minor offense could have a dramatic immigration consequence, including deportation, detention without bond, being denied naturalization, a visa or re-entry into the United States. Likewise, the use of fake or fraudulent documents, aliases, and other misrepresentations can have similar immigration consequences. Kerry Bretz and Bretz & Coven have been counseling non-citizen criminal defendants, as well as their lawyers, for over 20 years. We have a long history of strategizing deportation and removal defenses, as well as applications for waivers, in very complicated cases.

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"Was trying to get Green Card since about 7 years. Finally when I switched to this law firm I was able to get green card very fast with great confidence. Big thanks to Eileen, Kerry, Manjit and Olga." - Dinesh, Kansas

""With an extensive criminal history: over 14 arrests, 2 State prison bids and several felony convictions no lawyer wanted my case in 2010. Thanks to the experts at Bretz & Coven who worked diligently and with precision, today I am a United States citizen." - E.A. Brooklyn, NY

"Absolutely one the best, if not the best immigration attorneys. They helped from start to finish in my green card process. At no point was I blind-sided by anything. Simply amazing!" - Leon B. Jersey City,

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