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Eileen has many years of experience strategizing both immigrant and non-immigrant visas based upon skill, employment, talent (musicians, artists, entertainers, photographers, etc.), family ties (parents, spouse, children, siblings), fiancé and fiancée, education and investment ($1,000,000, $500,000 and less for E2 treaty investors) as well as U visas for victims of certain crimes and special immigrant juvenile visas for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. For many of these visas, although not all, having a curriculum vitae, resume, list of awards, accomplishments, publications or accolades is extremely helpful. For family, marriage and fiancé visas. Proving the relationship is the key. Through investment or intra-company transfers, employment, education, talent, skill, or family members with lawful status, it is possible to gain the legal right to live in the U.S. The law and regulations, however, are strict and complicated. Eileen works closely with individuals, companies, promotors and organizations to strategize the best options for the particular circumstances.

Eileen provides face-to-face consultations to potential clients, as well as Zoom video consultations. She is equally knowledgeable in deportation defense, including cases involving alleged immigration fraud and criminal histories.

Eileen Collins Bretz is Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Rated®, the highest peer-review rating an attorney can receive.

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  • Pottinger v. Reno, 51 F.Supp.2d 349 (E.D.N.Y. 1999)

  • Reno v. Navas, 119 S. Ct. 1141 (U.S. Mar. 8, 1999)

  • Henderson v. INS, 157 F.3d 106 (2d Cir. 1998), cert. denied sub nom.

  • Mojica v. Reno, 970 F.Supp. 130 (E.D.N.Y. 1997); aff’d

  • St. John v. McElroy, 917 F.Supp. 243 (S.D.N.Y. 1996)

  • Cruz-Taveras v. McElroy, 1996 WL 455012 (S.D.N.Y. August 12, 1996)

  • Thomas v. McElroy, 1996 WL 487953 (S.D.N.Y. August 23, 1996) (same)

  • Alba v. McElroy, Dkt. No. 96 CIV. 8748 (DLC), 1996 WL 695811 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 4, 1996)

  • Thomas v. McElroy, Dkt. No. 96 CIV. 5065 (JSM), 1996 WL 487953 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 27, 1996)

  • Cruz-Taveras v. McElroy, Dkt. No. 96 CIV. 5068 (MBM), 1996 WL 455012 (S.D.N.Y. Aug 13, 1996)

  • St. John v. McElroy, 917 F.Supp. 243 (S.D.N.Y. 1996).

Admitted to Practice:

  • New Jersey 1995

  • New York 1996

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District Of NY 1996

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NY 2007


  • Juris Doctor, City University of New York 1995

  • Bachelor of Science—Finance, St. John’s University 1991

Lawyer Memberships:

  • New York City Bar Association

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • New York County Lawyers Association

Eileen Collins Bretz

Managing Partner

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