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When Should I Request a Writ of Mandamus?

Have you filed for a green card but are waiting too long for it to be approved? Is your citizenship petition taking forever? You have already applied, but your work authorization hasn’t been delivered. If you are tired of waiting for your green card or you were interviewed for naturalization and citizenship, but haven’t received 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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Those with Temporary Protected Status Should Formulate a Plan B

Country by country, immigrants are beginning to lose their membership in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. It began with Nicaraguans, losing their protections last year. They were followed by 50,000 Haitians, who were granted protection by the program after the country’s earthquake in 2010. Recently, immigrants from El Salvador have lost their temporary protected Read More

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Provisional Waiver Program Still Available Under Trump Administration

The Department of Homeland Security published a regulation on January 3, 2013, to allow the immediate relatives of United States citizens, who came to the country without inspection or were not eligible to change their current immigration status due to unlawful entry and presence, to apply for a provisional waiver in the United States. 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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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Making Children Priority One

In any context, abuse and abandonment is a heartbreaking experience for the children and families it affects. While therapy and psychological treatment may help begin to heal the wounds abuse leaves behind, undocumented children face an additional challenge when their abuse is discovered by child welfare officials or other government offices. Without legal status in Read More

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How to Stop Deportation and Removal

Non-citizens can find themselves in deportation (removal) proceedings for various reasons.  The proceedings can result in an unwanted return trip to their home country.  The proceedings can also create a lengthy ban on reentering the United States of anywhere from three to ten years, or even life, depending on the seriousness of the grounds underlying 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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