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Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Asylum Policies for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims

In a recent ruling, a federal judge struck down several portions of the Justice Department’s policies which made it more challenging for non-citizens to claim asylum due to domestic or gang violence. The judge ruled on the basis that the “expedited removal” policies violated existing immigration law.   The policies were originally ordered by former 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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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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VAWA Petitions Allow Victims of Domestic Violence to Gain Temporary Legal Status

Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, with reauthorizations following in 2000 and 2012, giving even more protections to victims of domestic violence.   In 2013, the Senate extended this bill to include same sex couples.  This law recognized that undocumented aliens were often trapped inside abusive relationships because seeking help against their abusers 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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