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Cost of Immigration Applications Set to Increase by As Much as 61%

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has commenced a review of fees related to immigration applications, with some fees set to increase by as much as 61%. The review is current in its comment period, which is set to end December 19th. If the new fees are accepted, it could severely impact the ability Read More

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Asylum Denials Skyrocket in NY Immigration Court

Since 2016, the number of asylum applications denied by the New York immigration court has skyrocketed from 15% to 44%, according to The Daily Beast. As the largest immigration court in the United States, the New York immigration court, located in Manhattan, hears more asylum applications than anywhere else in the country. And, due to Read More

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Feds Seek to Prosecute Judge Who Helped Immigrant Escape ICE

Judge Shelley Josephs, a Massachusetts District Court judge, is being prosecuted by the United States government for obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting a fugitive. The charges stem from an incident in April 2018, when she allegedly assisted an undocumented immigrant in escaping from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers who were waiting to Read More

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Arrests at Southern Border Doubled in 2019

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it arrested twice as many people attempting to illegally cross the border in 2019 as it did in 2018. This increase makes 2019 the year with the largest number of arrests at the southern border since 2007. While not as high as they were in Read More

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Judge Blocks New Health Insurance Rule For Immigrants

A federal District Court judge in Oregon has blocked a rule that would’ve gone into effect on November 3rd, which would have severely limited visa applications to the United States. The new rule would have made it so anyone who wanted to obtain a United States visa would have needed health insurance within 30 days Read More

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Congress Launches Inquiry Into Immigration Delays

Over the past two years, the processing time for immigration applications at the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has spiked 46%, with a current backlog of more than 2.4 million applications and petitions. Wait times have ballooned to more than a year on average. And now, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration Read More

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DOJ Announces Plan to Collect DNA from Undocumented Immigrants

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently announced a plan to collect DNA from migrants crossing the border into the United States. This policy would create a vast database of genetic information on migrants aiming to enter the United States, including those seeking asylum or other forms of immigration relief. Immigration advocates are Read More

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Federal Judges Block Implementation of the Public Charge Rule

Last week federal judges in three states issued temporary injunctions against the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule.  The injunctions prevented the rule from taking effect on October 15th. As explained in an earlier blog post, the administration’s implementation of the public charge rule would have prevented many more undocumented persons from receiving admission to the Read More

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Federal Agents Accused of Using Marriage Interviews as an “Immigration Trap”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is pursuing a series of complaints that immigration officials illegally detained immigrants following marriage interviews for permanent residency. These interviews are a part of obtaining a “green card” for a citizen’s immigrant spouse, which allows a non-citizen to stay in the United States legally. However, just after the finish Read More

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USCIS Director Says He “Wants it to Cost More” to Use Non-US Workers

The H-1 visa program is intended to enable companies in the United States to hire skilled workers from abroad when they cannot find people willing, or able, to do the work domestically. However, not everyone agrees with the goal or purpose of H-1 visas, and that includes current Director of the United States Customs and 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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