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Special immigration programs for victims of crime or abuse

The United States has long been committed to promoting basic human rights, even beyond its own borders. Our immigration policy is no exception. In addition to robust asylum and refugee programs, the United States also offers numerous other immigration benefits designed to promote humanitarian goals and assist law enforcement in prosecuting those who perpetrate human rights abuses. Other programs allow victims of domestic abuse to self-petition for lawful permanent residency. With more than 20 years of immigration law experience, our NYC attorneys at Bretz & Coven, LLP understand the various programs that are available and how to take advantage of them.

Help for victims of crime, abuse and human trafficking

As a method of cooperating with law enforcement, U.S. immigration policy provides for different types of visas that grant temporary nonimmigrant status to victims of crime who can assist with investigation and prosecution:

  • U visas — Individuals who have suffered substantial mental or physical injury as victims of crime in the United States may qualify to remain temporarily in the country to assist law enforcement and provide testimony against the perpetrator.
  • T visas — Even in the United States, human trafficking is still a serious problem, especially among undocumented populations. Individuals trafficked into the United States or one of its territories or possessions can remain in the country temporarily under a T visa. Applicants must be able to show that removal from the United States would cause them extreme hardship and must agree to cooperate with law enforcement regarding the investigation.
  • TPS — Nationals from certain designated countries currently under a state of distress who would otherwise be deportable under U.S. immigration law can apply for temporary protected status (TPS) and an indefinite stay of deportation.

Immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

While the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) accomplished many things, one of its frequently overlooked contributions is in the area of immigration law. Under VAWA, an individual who normally could petition for lawful permanent residency with the support of a U.S. citizen or LPR family member, but who has suffered domestic abuse at the hands of that family member, can self-petition for a green card without the knowledge or cooperation of that family member. This allows spouses, parents and children who have been victims of abuse to enjoy the immigration benefits to which they are entitled without exposing themselves to further harassment or abuse.

Contact us to learn about the various humanitarian immigration programs

As a NYC law firm dedicated to immigration issues, our team at Bretz & Coven, LLP remains apprised of the latest programs available under U.S. immigration law. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City today at 212-267-2555 or online for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems.  For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.


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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