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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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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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Local Immigrants Concerned about Possible Deportations after Learning about Roundups in Southern U.S. by ICE Officials

Many immigrants expressed concern over the weekend that federal law enforcement officials may come into their communities and round them up for deportation after learning that more than 100 immigrants in three other states were detained and set for removal from the U.S. However, law enforcement sources refuted these claims. In a statement released on Read More

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Long Island Immigration Advocacy Groups Protest “Inhumane and Intimidating” Deportations

Immigration advocacy groups from Long Island held protests on January 8, denouncing plans by the Obama administration to deport Central American immigrants from the country. They called these deportations “inhumane and intimidating.” On January 4, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that 121 illegal immigrants were rounded up and ready to be removed from Read More

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Guarding Against Accusations of Marriage Fraud in Immigration Cases

U.S. immigration law allows foreign national spouses of American citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) to enter the country and apply for LPR status. However, the law assumes that these marriages are legitimate. U.S. citizenship is a highly valued commodity and people all over the world are clamoring for legal status within the U.S. So, 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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""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

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