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The Benefits and Risks of U-Visas

The United States has a long, often complicated history with immigration, and part of that complexity comes from the hostility that immigrants face when they arrive here. And however hostile the current administration might be to immigrants, there are still legal protections for immigrants (even undocumented immigrants) who become the victims of crimes. To that Read More

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Pending U-Visa Petition with the Vermont Service Center

A U-Visa is a non-immigrant visa that can be converted to a green card. It is for victims of certain qualifying crimes (usually violent crimes) who report it to law enforcement, cooperate if asked to, and are harmed in some way. Some examples of the violent crimes that qualify for this are felony assaults, kidnapping, Read More

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Plans to Issue U and T Visa Certifications to Undocumented Immigrants

On February 9, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) Commissioner and Chair Carmelyn P. Malalis announced that the NYCCHR will begin issuing visa certification for the city’s undocumented aliens, making it the only human rights agency in a major U.S. city to do so. Under Read More

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U Visas Give Nonimmigrant Status to Victims of Criminal Activity

Congress created the U visa in 2000 to give lawful nonimmigrant status to victims of certain crimes who could help legal authorities investigate and prosecute criminal activity. The U visa serves a two-fold purpose: 1) it allows authorities to get inside information on crimes that disproportionately affect immigrant communities, and 2) it provides  temporary status 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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"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,

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