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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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What Can President Obama Do Since Congress Won’t Act On Immigration

It is widely expected that President Obama will soon use his executive authority to deal with two major immigration problems that require immediate action.  One of the problems is the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families from Central America who have crossed our southern border since last October.  The other problem, Read More

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U Visas: Turning Violent Crime into a Blessing in Disguise

While no one wants to be the victim of violent crime, it is becoming increasingly easier for certain immigrants to see the silver lining in an otherwise daunting experience. Specifically, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 created a special visa category for victims of violent crime. As its name implies, the 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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