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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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Cost of Immigration Applications Set to Increase by As Much as 61%

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has commenced a review of fees related to immigration applications, with some fees set to increase by as much as 61%. The review is current in its comment period, which is set to end December 19th. If the new fees are accepted, it could severely impact the ability 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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Growing Wait Times for Immigration Cases, Despite Drop in Applications

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

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President Trump Sets Out to End the Diversity Visa Program After a Terrorist Attack in Manhattan

On October 31, 2017, eight people were killed and eleven injured in lower Manhattan at the hands of a suspected terrorist who drove a rental truck into a bike path. The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov was born in Uzbekistan and has lived in Ohio, Florida, and New Jersey. In 2010, he Read More

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What is an L-1A Visa?

An L-1A visa is used to allow an intra-company transfer of a qualified executive or manager within a multinational company. Essentially, an L-1A visa allows an employee of a multinational company to legally work for up to seven years in the United States for one of the company’s affiliated U.S. companies, or it allows the Read More

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Possible Reform Of The H-1B Visa Program

Technology workers authorized to work in the United States are generally issued visas under the category H-1B. The H-1B visa program admits 65,000 non-student workers and 20,000 graduate student workers for specialty occupations requiring a college education. The program is likely to undergo dramatic changes under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. Last year, Senator Jeff Read More

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O-VISA Act Would Give More Oversight to Unions in Hiring Foreign Workers

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that, if it were to become law, would give unions in the entertainment industry the power to determine how many foreign workers would be hired. Crains New York Business reported that the O-VISA (Oversee Visa Integrity with Stakeholder Advisories) Act would give unions more oversight in the Read More

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Criminal Law Issues Impede Green Card Applicants

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

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Fee Increases for H-1B and L-1 A and B Visas

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, a.k.a. the Omnibus Bill, which increased the H-1B visa fee by $4,000 and the L-1 fee by $4,500.  The last increase of $2,000 was passed in 2010, and expired late last year on September 30, 2015.  With these increases, Congress is looking to 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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