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New Changes to Public Charge Rule Go into Effect

Recent changes made to the public charge rule have gone into effect, which will significantly impact the immigration process for millions of immigrants to the United States. The rule changes, pushed by the Trump Administration, have faced several legal challenges, but all have failed to stop the law from coming into effect. Advocates say that Read More

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4,000 Liberians Now Able to Apply for Green Cards

From 1989 to 2003, a civil war in Liberia drove many Liberians to flee their homeland, with thousands seeking refuge in the United States. While many were protected under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status and, for a time, under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), they were denied a pathway to citizenship. With a new measure in Read More

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What to Know About the New Public Charge Rule

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule related to public charge in applying for admission to the United States.  The new rule will be in effect on October 15, 2019.  Although many organizations have begun to file lawsuits challenging the legality of the rule, it is important to Read More

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The Immigration Consequences of New Marijuana Laws in NY

On July 29th, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed several laws that decriminalize marijuana in the state of New York, and which allow those previously convicted of certain marijuana-related crimes to seek post-conviction relief (PCR) from the court. While this has far reaching consequences for every New Yorker, it is especially important for Read More

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How Can a Writ of Mandamus Help Me?

The immigration system of the United States is notoriously slow. Even if you’ve already been interviewed for naturalization and permanent residence, you may find yourself trapped in a legal limbo waiting for the government to respond. If this describes your situation, it’s worth considering whether a writ of mandamus might be the answer for you.

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Is a Writ of Mandamus Right for You?

Most people have never heard of a writ of mandamus, a kind of court order that is rarely issued by judges when an individual, government agency or court doesn’t do what they’re supposed to do. Often considered an extreme measure, it can nevertheless offer relief for people who find they simply cannot get government agencies Read More

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How to Check on Your Immigration Application

With the government working harder than ever to make immigration as difficult as possible, everyone who has applied to immigrate to the United States is, understandably, scared about their application status. This is complicated by the fact that the immigration process is already a long and difficult process, so those with pending immigration applications might Read More

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United States Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in DACA Case

The United States Supreme Court announced that this fall, they will finally be hearing arguments for the continuation of the DACA program. The decision will finally give an answer after DACA recipients, or so called “Dreamers,” have had their lawful status in this country be called into question.  Although arguments are set to be heard Read More

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Fraud and Willful Misrepresentation Bar LPR Status

As discussed in a previous blog, an otherwise eligible immigrant’s application to become a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can be denied by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for several reasons. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act § 212, there are multiple grounds for inadmissibility, including fraud and willful misrepresentation. Even after an individual acquires LPR Read More

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OPTIONS TO CONSIDER WHILE WAITING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ACT ON IMMIGRATION

Much to the disappointment of immigrants and immigration reform activists, President Obama recently announced a delay in the use of executive action to solve the country’s immigration issues.  On June 30, he promised that he would use executive action before the end of the summer.  However, during the weekend of September 5-7, he announced that 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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""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

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