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Immigration Law
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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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Denaturalization Campaign

The threat of denaturalization, the process in which a citizen is stripped of their citizenship, has now become a harsh reality for some. In July 2018, The New York Times reported that, since President Trump took office, the number of denaturalization cases have increased. Denaturalization is part of the Trump administration’s campaign of increased immigration Read More

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When Should I Request a Writ of Mandamus?

Have you filed for a green card but are waiting too long for it to be approved? Is your citizenship petition taking forever? You have already applied, but your work authorization hasn’t been delivered. If you are tired of waiting for your green card or you were interviewed for naturalization and citizenship, but haven’t received Read More

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Establishing Citizenship Under False Pretenses Can Lead to Immigration and Criminal Consequences

In the past few years, the United States’ immigration policies have been reshaped many times, especially with the recently-adopted zero-tolerance policy. This has led to the curtailment of many protection programs such as those that provided refuge to immigrants who faced dangerous conditions in their country of origin or those that allowed people who were Read More

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What Happens to Minor Non-Citizens Who Cross the Border Illegally?

The Trump administration has recently come under scrutiny for announcing its new policy toward immigration and control of the U.S.-Mexican border. Officials have cracked down on immigration policy throughout the nation, enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy for those who cross the border illegally, which will require them to face criminal charges. This includes offering little Read More

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Non-Citizen and U.S. Citizen Divorce Considerations

Every year, thousands of American citizens and non-citizens wed. For many non-citizens, it is an opportunity to not only marry their significant other but also to obtain legal permanent residence (citizenship) in the United States. The process to obtain legal permanent residence takes years and often requires the filing of many documents and forms. During Read More

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AILA Says Setting Benchmarks for Immigration Judges Strips Courts of Independence

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) criticized a directive from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) mandating that immigration judges complete their deportation cases more quickly. The group said these quotas will deprive the courts of the independence with judges being forced to choose between meeting numbers and granting a fair Read More

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U.S. Attorney General Limits Asylum Seekers’ Rights to be Heard

The Washington Post reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has done away with a requirement that foreign nationals seeking asylum here in this country receive a full hearing in immigration court. By eliminating this requirement, it vacates a ruling made by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2014 that all asylum seekers should be Read More

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Online Petition Calls for the Release of Gay Undocumented Immigrant

Juntos, an immigrant rights group, and GALAEI, a queer Latin social justice organization, recently formed an online petition requesting the release of a gay undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has been separated from his husband since last month. So far, more than 1,000 signatures have been collected. CBS Philadelphia reported that, on January 31, Jose Read More

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National Interest Waiver Requirements

A National Interest Waiver (NIW) is used to waive certain requirements for employment-based immigrant visas if that immigrant can show that their work is of “national interest.” This waiver is only applicable to second preference employment visas, EB-2 visas, where the potential immigrant does not have a permanent job offer to work in the United 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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