Undocumented migrants working in agricultural jobs may have a path to citizenship in the future, thanks to a vote by the United States House of Representatives. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would allow potentially thousands of undocumented farmworkers to seek legal status, and eventually citizenship, were it to become law. The bill Read More
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
Over the past two years, the number of people attempting to immigrate to the United States has dropped significantly. Yet, in that same time, wait times for applications have ballooned to being 47% longer than before, causing the immigration process to become even more arduous than it already was. And the reason for these delays, Read More
As an employer in the United States, you are required to complete Form I-9 for each employee who works for you. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. These documents are subject Read More
Following the Executive Orders and corresponding guidelines implemented over the past month by the Trump administration, New Yorkers have seen an increase in the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. The most recent guidelines by the Department of Homeland Security broadened ICE’s priorities to include nearly every undocumented immigrant in the United States, Read More
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.
"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,