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Judge Reverses USCIS Decision on Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas

A United States District Court judge has reversed a decision by United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) that denied several immigrants access to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The suit, filed by five young adults as a class action suit, is in response to a policy change, made in 2018, which effectively precluded immigrants Read More

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Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Special Immigrant Juvenile status is granted to certain undocumented children who have been subject to juvenile court proceedings related to abuse, neglect, or abandonment by a parent. By achieving this status, a child may become eligible to seek lawful permanent residence in the United States. 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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Immigration Crisis at the Border

Since last October, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and women with children have traveled from Central America to turn themselves over to border patrol units along our southern border with Mexico.   As a result, ICE processing centers, detention facilities, and makeshift shelters are completely overwhelmed by this unparalleled number of undocumented migrants.  Delays in 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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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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