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Federal Agents Accused of Using Marriage Interviews as an “Immigration Trap”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is pursuing a series of complaints that immigration officials illegally detained immigrants following marriage interviews for permanent residency. These interviews are a part of obtaining a “green card” for a citizen’s immigrant spouse, which allows a non-citizen to stay in the United States legally. However, just after the finish 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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City Alerts Himalayan Immigrants on Available Services

Members of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs recently met with Himalayan immigrants in Jackson Heights to inform them of services that are available to them through the city and to address any issues they are currently facing. The Queens Chronicle reported that Himalayans are one of Read More

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Health Issues Impede Green Card Applicants

A green card is a permit that allows a non-citizen to permanently live and work in the United States, thus becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). An otherwise eligible immigrant’s application can be denied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for several reasons. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act § 212, there are multiple Read More

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U.S. Government Lagging on Digitization of Immigration Forms

In this digital age, one would think immigration forms would be online and the data generated by them easily accessible by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and law enforcement officials.  The U.S. government has been working on digitizing forms in order to streamline the application process, but as of this writing, only one form Read More

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OPTIONS TO CONSIDER WHILE WAITING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ACT ON IMMIGRATION

Much to the disappointment of immigrants and immigration reform activists, President Obama recently announced a delay in the use of executive action to solve the country’s immigration issues.  On June 30, he promised that he would use executive action before the end of the summer.  However, during the weekend of September 5-7, he announced that Read More

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Immigration Marriage Fraud and the Hurdles to Proving a Marriage is Genuine

One of the ways individuals can qualify for a green card is through a petition filed by a spouse who is a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident.   However, the marriage must be valid, and not one of convenience entered solely for an immigration benefit.   The latter kind of marriage will be considered Read More

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New Immigration Rules for Same-Sex Couples

Among the repercussions of a recent Supreme Court decision that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of a man and woman, are a number of changes in current U.S. immigration law. While much of the current discussion about immigration in the United States focuses on Comprehensive Immigration Reform 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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