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Immigration Law
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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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Changes to Naturalization Test to Be Instituted Starting December 2020

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees the naturalization process, has been reviewing of the naturalization test that will result in changes to the test starting in December 2020 or early 2021. The review is intended to update and redesign the test to be closer in line with goals set Read More

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House Approves Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Farmworkers

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

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USCIS Implements Two Changes to Good Moral Character Requirement

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it is implementing two changes to the “good moral character” requirement for naturalization. The two new changes could have a major impact on the ability of some immigrants’ ability to seek American citizenship, or perhaps even impact their ability to stay in the country legally. Immigrants Read More

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Final Challenge to New York “Green Light” Law is Dismissed

The last remaining legal challenge to New York’s “Green Light” law has been dismissed, clearing way for it to come into effect starting December 16, 2019. The law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New York, has stirred up controversy both in the state and across the country, and several legal challenges 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 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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Judge Reverses USCIS Decision on Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas

A United States District Court judge has reversed a decision by United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) that denied several immigrants access to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The suit, filed by five young adults as a class action suit, is in response to a policy change, made in 2018, which effectively precluded immigrants 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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