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Workers' Compensation

We understand how important it is for you when you suffer injury due to work, we are here to answer any questions you may have since the workers’ compensation process is complicated, you will need an experienced and skilled attorney to help you . For a free initial telephone consultation, call 718 337 8012

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Immigration Bail

Have you or a family member been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? If so, you should speak to an immigration lawyer as soon as possible. If you have been arrested, charged with a crime, or detained for an immigration violation, you may be facing deportation. While the U.S. government determines whether you should be deported to your home country, you may be held in detention. Individuals who have been arrested or detained may be able to get released on an immigration bond.

When is an immigration bond available? An immigration bond is only available in certain circumstances. For example, you may be eligible for a bond if you are apprehended for overstaying a visa or have been apprehended for otherwise having an inadmissible status. You may also be eligible for a bond if you were apprehended following a minor arrest such as for a traffic stop or a DUI. Bond relief is not available if you have been convicted of an aggravated felony or terrorism charges and in other cases where federal law requires mandatory detention.

What is the process of getting an immigration bond? The process generally begins after the disposition of your case in state or federal court, when you are placed in ICE detention. You will be issued a notice to appear (NTA) within 48 hours of being placed in ICE custody. The NTA identifies the grounds for which ICE is seeking to remove you from the United States. Prior to the issuance of the NTA, ICE can negotiate a bond if it is available. Once this 48-hour window has passed, ICE can no longer negotiate a bond. That is why quick action is essential.

Attorney Lawrence M. Kasen has more than 30 years of legal experience and can guide you through the bond hearing process. He and his associates can assist you in establishing the requisite family and community ties to establish that you are not a risk or danger to society. The amount of bond may range from nothing, as in cases of personal recognizance, to up to $15,000. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case to guide you through the legal process. If you or a loved one has been detained by ICE, relief may still be available. Please contact us @ 718 337 8012.

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Real Estate

Real estate law also known as property law generally means the laws which controls the ownership or land usage in the United States. It is necessary to retain an attorney about your real estate transaction to avoiding potential risk and negotiating a better deal.  At the Kasen Law Firm, PLLC, we are here to work directly with you to guide you the entire process.

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Landlord & Tenant Dispute

Not matter you are landlord or tenant, we can help you to defend your right. We are here to answer any questions you may have. For a free initial telephone consultation and to schedule an appointment, call 718 337 8012

 

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Criminal Bail

Bail is the amount of money defendants must post to be released from custody until their trial. Bail is not a fine. It is not supposed to be used as punishment. The purpose of bail is simply to ensure that defendants will appear for trial and all pretrial hearings for which they must be present. Bail is returned to defendants when their trial is over, in some states minus a processing fee.(Quoted from ABA)

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Emergency Bail

We offer 24/7 emergency bail out service which you can rely on when needed!

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Credit Card Fraud

(Quoted from FBI) Credit card fraud is the unauthorized use of a credit or debit card, or similar payment tool (ACH, EFT, recurring charge, etc.), to fraudulently obtain money or property. Credit and debit card numbers can be stolen from unsecured websites or can be obtained in an identity theft scheme. 

In most states, credit card theft can become a felony charge when the cash amount or goods value exceed which defined as a misdemeanor. And in some cases, the offense will come with other criminal charges.

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Domestic Violence

(Quoted from Wikipedia) Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse or family violence) is violence or other abuse in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Domestic violence is often used as a synonym for intimate partner violence, which is committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. In its broadest sense, domestic violence also involves violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It takes a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse such as choking, beating, female genital mutilation, and acid throwing that results in disfigurement or death. Domestic murders include stoning, bride burning, honor killings, and dowry deaths (which sometimes involve non-cohabitating family members).

If you are a victims of domestic violence, please contact us @ 718 337 8012, our experienced attorney can help you walkthrough the entire process.

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Prostitution

Prostitution is a serious legal issue that could take a long time. It is important to contact a qualified attorney to assist you with you concerns and questions. S 230.00 Prostitution. A person is guilty of prostitution when such person engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee. Prostitution is a class B Misdemeanor.

If you were charged for prostitution, please contact us @ 718 337 8012 to schedule an appointment with our skilled attorney who can evaluate your case and help you to reduce or dismiss the charges. 

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Unlicensed Massage

People can only offer massage therapy and work as “therapist” with a valid license. Providing service without license is a serious felony offense (According to Education Law 6512, Unauthorized practice of a profession is E Felony). If you were charged for massage without license, please contact us @ 718 337 8012 for our experienced attorney to consult with you about your situation.

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DUI

(Quoted from Wikipedia) Driving under the influence (DUI) is the crime or offense of driving, operating, or being in control of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs (including recreational drugs and those prescribed by physicians), to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a crime. If charged with a DUI/DWI, you will likely have to appear in court to receive your sentencing. You will have the option of using your own attorney or being appointed one by the court. It is necessary to have an experienced attorney to represent for you to assist you get a better deal. Many people who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol are required to complete community service or court referral programs. Complete such programs as soon as possible so that it can be reported back to the court that you have fulfilled your sentencing. If you get a DUI or DWI, the charge will probably stay on your record for several years, if not permanently. Potential employers will be able to view these records before they hire you. If you are planning to look for a new job in the near future, be upfront and honest about your DUI charge. It is better to explain the situation beforehand than appear to be covering it up.

If you are facing DUI or DWI, charges can cause extremely serious influence in a long run. You will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us @ 718 337 8012. 

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Traffic Violation

If you need attorney to assist and support in fighting your traffic ticket, our skilled and experienced attorneys are here to help. If you are not sure whether you should hire an attorney to defend for you, call us @ 718 337 8012, we can evaluate your case with details of your case and provide you helpful advice.

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Larceny

(Quoted from Wikipedia) Larceny laws in the United States have their roots in common law, pursuant to which larceny involves the trespassory taking (caption) and carrying away (asportation, removal) of the tangible personal property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of its possession. Larceny is now codified as a statutory crime in all U.S. jurisdictions. Under many states’ larceny statutes, including California, larceny can include the taking of “money, labor, or real or personal property.”

The level of charges are determined by the property value and other circumstances. Charges varies from Class A Misdemeanor to Class B Felony. If you or your loved one were arrested due to larceny, you will need a skilled professional attorney to help you in defending of your case. Please contact us @ 718 337 8012 for free consultation or schedule an in-person appointment with our experienced attorney.

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Aggravated Assault

FBI defines aggravated assault as an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. 

Aggravated assault charges are extremely serious matters, if you were charged of aggravated assault, it is important that you have an experienced attorney to defense your case.

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Money Laundering Crimes

(Quoted from Wikipedia) Money laundering is the illegal process of concealing the origins of money obtained illegally by passing it through a complex sequence of banking transfers or commercial transactions. The overall scheme of this process returns the “clean” money to the launderer in an obscure and indirect way.

If you were accused for money laundering related charges, please contact us @ 718 337 8012 for free consultation or schedule an in-person appointment.

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Drug Crime

Penalties for drug crimes in New York varies from a fine to an unlimited time in prison. No matter it is possessing marijuana or operating as a major trafficker, the charges will take huge effect in a long time. (Quoted from Wikipedia) A drug-related crime is a crime to possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as having a potential for abuse (such as cocaine, heroin, morphine and amphetamines). Drugs are also related to crime as drug trafficking and drug production are often controlled by drug cartels, organized crime and gangs.

Drug-related crime charges can influence you in a long run, you should seek for a professional attorney to defense for you. Contact us @ 718 337 8012 to schedule an appointment or a free phone consultation. 

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Non-Immigrant Visa

  • E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader and Investor Visas – Available to investors, traders and their employees to conduct business in the U.S. if their country of origin has a treaty with the U.S. granting visa eligibility.
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation (Professional) Visas – Available to professional workers holding at least a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent work experience) upon demonstration by their employer that at least the prevailing wage shall be paid for the position.
  • H-2B Temporary Worker Visas – Available to U.S. companies temporarily to employ skilled or unskilled foreign nationals in nonagricultural positions for which the employer has a temporary need and for which qualified U.S. workers are unavailable.
  • J-1 and Q-1 Exchange Visitor Visas – Available to participants (including students, short-term scholars, business trainees, teachers, professors, research scholars, specialists, international visitors, government visitors, camp counselors and au pairs) entering the U.S. through an approved exchange visitor’s program.
  • L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Visas – Available to executives, managers and employees with specialized knowledge to transfer to their employer’s U.S. parent, affiliate or subsidiary. Transferred executives and managers holding L-1 visas may become eligible for permanent residency without the need for labor certification.
  • O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visas – Available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability seeking admission in the U.S.
  • P-1 Artists and Athletes Visas – Available to athletes, artists and entertainers seeking entry into the U.S.
  • R-1 Religious Worker Visas – Available to religious workers seeking entry into the U.S.
  • TN North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Visas – Available to nationals of Canada and Mexico under the provisions of NAFTA who seek employment in the U.S.
  • B-1/B-2 Visitor’s Visas – Available to business (B-1) and pleasure (B-2) visitors entering the U.S. for short durations (B-1 visitors may not engage in local employment). Foreign nationals of certain favored countries (i.e., Canada, United Kingdom and Japan) may be permitted stays in the U.S. for up to 90 days under applicable visa waiver rules.
  • C Transit Visas – Available to foreign nationals in immediate and continuous transit through the U.S.
  • F-1 Student Visas – Available to students engaged in full-time, non-vocational, academic studies at post-secondary institutions who are qualified to pursue such study. A person holding an F-1 visa is eligible to change status to H-1B (or another status) during the 60-day grace period.
  • I-1 Journalist/Representatives of Media Visas – Available to members of the foreign press or media (including reporters, freelance journalists and film crew members) seeking to enter the U.S. solely for noncommercial vocational purposes.
  • M-1 Vocational Student Visas – Available to foreign nationals pursuing nonacademic vocational study at post-secondary vocational/business schools.
  • S Visa – Available to foreign nationals who assist U.S. federal or state government officials by providing information essential to the success of an authorized criminal investigation or prosecution.
  • T Visa – Available to individuals who have been subject to severe forms of trafficking in persons (including the use of force, fraud or coercion for sex trafficking and/or involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery).
  • U Visa – Available to persons who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse by virtue of being a victim of certain crimes.
  • V Visa – Available to spouses or children of lawful permanent residents, if the permanent residents filed a petition for the spouse or child before December 21, 2000, and it has been pending for more than three years.
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Personal Injury

(Quoted from American Bar Association) Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else’s act or failure to act. In a successful tort action, the one who caused the injury or harm compensates the one who suffered the losses.

What is a typical personal injury case?

Automobile accidents, the area in which most personal injury actions arise, provide a good example of how the tort system works. You have a negligence claim in a “fault” state if you are injured by a driver who failed to exercise reasonable care, because drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care anytime they are on the road. When they breach that duty and your injury results, personal injury law says you can recoup your losses. (Note, though, that the system may be very different in states that have passed no-fault laws.)

Negligence reaches far beyond claims stemming from car accidents. It is the basis for liability in most personal injury lawsuits, including medical malpractice.

We know it caused immeasurably impact on ones’ life if serious accident happened, we can help to guide you through the process to file personal injury claims. Contact us @ 718 337 8012 for free consultation or in-person appointment.

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Special Juvenile Immigrant Status

Overview from USCIS

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status is an immigration classification for certain foreign children present in the United States who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent. Children may be eligible if they are the subject of a juvenile court order that makes certain findings regarding:
• Their court-ordered custody, placement or dependency;
• The non-viability of parental reunification; and
• The best interests of the child. SIJ classification allows these individuals to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status (also known as getting a Green Card). Children eligible for SIJ classification may include those who are:
• In a state’s child welfare system;
• Currently (or were previously) in federal custody due to their undocumented status; or
• Living with a foster family, an appointed guardian or the non-abusive custodial parent.

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Divorce

(Quoted from New York Court) Divorce is the final, legal ending of a marriage by court order. If you have a divorce case in court, you may hear lawyers and court staff call it a matrimonial action. The person who starts the divorce is called the plaintiff, and the other spouse is called the defendant.

Divorce can be uncontested or contested, check below to see whether your situation is uncontested or contested.

UNCONTESTED: Your divorce will be uncontested if both you and your spouse:
• Want to get a divorce
• Agree about what will happen with your children, your finances, your property after the divorce

CONTESTED: Your divorce will be contested if either you or your spouse:

• Do not want to get a divorce
• Disagree about the grounds (legal reasons) for the divorce
• Disagree about what will happen with your children, your finances, your property after the divorce

Divorce law can be complicated, it is highly recommend to have a consultation with an attorney even if you believe that your divorce is uncontested. Call us today @ 718 337 8012 for free phone consultation or schedule an appointment to meet with our experienced attorney. 

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Civil Defamation

(Quoted from Wikipedia)

Although laws vary by state, in the United States a defamation action typically requires that a plaintiff claiming defamation prove that the defendant:

1.made a false and defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff;

2.shared the statement with a third party (that is, somebody other than the person defamed by the statement);

3.if the defamatory matter is of public concern, acted in a manner which amounted at least to negligence on the part of the defendant; and

4.caused damages to the plaintiff.

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Civil Forfeiture

(Quoted from Wikipedia) Civil forfeiture in the United States, also called civil asset forfeiture or civil judicial forfeiture, is a process in which law enforcement officers take assets from persons suspected of involvement with crime or illegal activity without necessarily charging the owners with wrongdoing. While civil procedure, as opposed to criminal procedure, generally involves a dispute between two private citizens, civil forfeiture involves a dispute between law enforcement and property such as a pile of cash or a house or a boat, such that the thing is suspected of being involved in a crime. To get back the seized property, owners must prove it was not involved in criminal activity. Sometimes it can mean a threat to seize property as well as the act of seizure itself. Civil forfeiture is not considered to be an example of a criminal justice financial obligation.

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Litigation & Arbitration

Differences Between Arbitration and Litigation

Litigation is a process that involves judge or jury to determine the case which you could not foresee the outcome. Different disputes are assigned to different type of courts based on jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Arbitration is a process which two parties in a dispute who both agrees to attempt to resolve their dispute through a third party. Speed of arbitration is quicker than litigation. Litigation could take months, even years to get the judgement. And the cost of litigation is relevantly higher than arbitration. 

To learn more about whether you should do arbitration or litigation if you have dispute, you can contact us @ 718 337 8012 for a free phone consultation or schedule an appointment to meet with our attorney to provide you advice in your civil matter.

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Family Immigration

We know the strife that many families encounter in trying to stay together when immigrating to the U.S. This is equally true of fiance(e)s. Many times, a father, mother, son, daughter, parent or fiancé comes to the U.S. leaving his or her family and loved ones behind in hopes of making a better, safer and more prosperous life in a new homeland. Shortly after arrival, he or she finds out just how much he or she misses his or her loved ones. He or she wants to learn the best way to ensure his or her own stay in the U.S., to reunite his or her family or loved ones, and to start on the path to citizenship.

To learn more about our immigration law services and to schedule an appointment,
contact us 718 337 8012. With the assistance of our family immigration attorneys, you will no longer be isolated and alone in your quest to build a life for you and your loved ones here in America.

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VAWA Petition

Under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), you may be eligible to become a lawful permanent resident (get a Green Card) if you are the victim of battery or extreme cruelty committed by:

  • A U.S. citizen spouse or former spouse;
  • A U.S. citizen parent;
  • A U.S. citizen son or daughter;
  • A lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse or former spouse; or
  • An LPR parent.

You may self-petition under VAWA by filing a Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant  without your abusive family member’s knowledge or consent. A person who files a VAWA self-petition is generally known as a VAWA self-petitioner. If your self-petition is approved and you meet other eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to apply to become a lawful permanent resident. If you need help in filing VAWA petition, our skilled attorney is here to help. Contact us @ 718 337 8012 to have a free phone consultation or schedule an in-person appointment.

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Cancellation of Removal

Facing deportation or removal proceedings in Immigration Court can be a very daunting and fearful process. if you find yourself in removal proceedings as a result of entering the U.S. without being inspected, admitted or paroled by U.S. customs officials or you have stayed in the U.S. beyond the expiration date in your visa or you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR or green card holder) who has been convicted of a deportable crime(s), there may be relief available to you in the form of cancellation of removal. This is a very complex procedure that does not apply to all clients who find themselves in removal proceedings. But if cancellation of removal applies to your case, it can be a blessing and prevent you from being deported from the U.S. and eventually lead to LPR status as a green card holder. Amid this complexity are many procedural hurdles that if not carefully navigated can lead to deportation. Accordingly, you should not seek to avail yourself of this relief without the able assistance of an experienced cancellation of removal attorney.

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Professional Immigration

Regulatory Guidance from Experienced Immigration Attorneys

Our firm is available to consult, represent and guide employers and business entities in the hiring of foreign nationals and in ensuring compliance with immigration and Department of Labor laws and regulations, including Form 1-9 compliance, H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA) filings (including the preparation and maintenance of Public Access Files), and 1-9 and LCA audits.

 Visa Options for Employment-Related Immigration.

We advise and assist businesses and employees with their visa applications to achieve their objectives.

Available visa types include:

  • EB-1 Visa – Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers, and Multinational Executives and Managers – Available to individuals with these skill sets to apply for permanent residency and bypass the costly and time-consuming labor certification process.
  • EB-2 Visa – Workers With Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts or Business – Available to foreign workers with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in the sciences, arts or business to live and work in the U.S. if they have a bona fide job offer and their prospective employer has successfully completed the labor certification process, which generally entails demonstrating through testing of the job market that U.S. workers will not be displaced by the hiring of a foreign national.
  • EB-3 Visa – Skilled Workers and Professionals – Available to foreign nationals possessing these skill sets to receive a visa once they have a job offer and their potential employer has completed the labor certification process.
  • EB-4 Visa – Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers – Available to ministers of religion to apply for permanent residency.
  • EB-5 Visa – Investor/Employment Creation Visas – Available to a maximum of 10,000 foreign national investors a year to enter and work in the U.S. for the purpose of investing in new commercial ventures that create employment for 10 individuals (comprising those who invest at least $500,000 in “targeted employment areas” (rural areas or areas experiencing high unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average) and those who invest $1,000,000 without geographic limitations).
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Naturalization

For many immigrants, the ultimate goal is to become a citizen of the United States. The immigration laws of the U.S. provide immigrants with a path to realizing this dream by going through the naturalization process. There are many important issues to consider when applying for naturalization.

The Path to Citizenship
In order to apply for naturalization, you must already have attained the status of lawful permanent resident (LPR), as evidenced by a” green card .” There are many paths to securing a green card, leading to naturalization. One such path is that of an L-1A intracompany transfer visa, which allows for adjustment of status to that of an LPR and eventually naturalization.

Our law firm is well-versed in the requirements for naturalization and the various paths leading to a green card and will be pleased to guide you through the often complicated rules and regulations. We are also experienced in prosecuting administrative hearings or court actions to contest the denial of a naturalization application.

To learn more about naturalization and U.S. citizenship and to schedule an appointment, call us @ 718 337 8012.

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Green Card

If you or your loved one is in the United States on a family-related visa or business based visa, you may wish to obtain a green card and become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). You may even desire to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Adjusting status from a visa to a green card to a naturalized citizen is a lengthy, ever-changing process that can be very complex and confusing.

Securing a green card and becoming a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. on your path toward naturalization is a great achievement. With the help of an experienced immigration attorney, you can be confident that the process will go smoothly. We are here to answer any questions you may have. For a free initial telephone consultation and to schedule an appointment, call 718 337 8012.

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I-601A Waiver

In the past, undocumented foreign nationals who were family members of U.S. citizens faced significant hurdles when attempting to obtain legal status. In some cases, undocumented aliens who departed the U.S. were denied reentry for up to 10 years. Recent changes to U.S. immigration policy will now give spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (otherwise known as immediate relatives of U.S. citizens) the opportunity to apply for a provisional waiver that allows them to stay in the U.S. while their waiver application is pending. The I-601A waiver – provisional unlawful presence waiver , may allow you to reduce the time your family is apart. At The Kasen Law Firm, LLC, we help families stay together while their visa applications are processed. For a free initial telephone consultation with an I-601A waiver lawyer, please call 718-337-8012.

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Federal Appeal

Federal Immigration Appeals
If an Immigration Judge has issued an order of removal against you and your administrative appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has been denied, you have the right to file a Petit ion for review before a federal appellate court having jurisdiction over the case.

U.S. District Court Litigation
• Habeas Corpus Petitions – Individuals seeking relief from removal orders, bond denials, unlawful detention and other adverse federal agency immigration decisions may file petitions for writs of habeas corpus in the appropriate federal district court.
• Mandamus Petitions – If your application for a visa, permanent residency, asylum or any other immigration benefit has been delayed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you have the right to compel these federal immigration agencies to make a timely ruling in your case by filing petitions for mandamus in the federal district court with jurisdiction over the case.
• Denaturalization Proceedings – If you are a U.S. naturalized citizen and subsequently commit a crime in the U.S., you may be subject to a federal court denaturalization proceeding in which your citizenship and right to remain in the U.S. may be in jeopardy.

We also help clients present successful defenses in federal court Removal and Deportation actions (where your freedom and ability to remain in the U.S. are in jeopardy) and in strategizing and advancing petitions for Asylum and Withholding of Removal under both the Immigration and Nationality Act and the U.N. Convention Against Torture (where you are given the chance to justify your right to stay in the U.S. because of a legitimate fear of being persecuted or tortured if you were to be returned to your homeland or last foreign residence). We have the experience, determination and fortitude to represent you in these and other federal court immigration litigation cases.

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Board of Immigration Appeal(BIA)

(Quoted from Department of Justice)

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws. It is authorized 23 Appellate Immigration Judges, including a Chief Appellate Immigration Judge and one or two Deputy Chief Appellate Immigration Judges. The BIA is located at EOIR headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Generally, the BIA does not conduct courtroom proceedings – it decides appeals by conducting a “paper review” of cases. On rare occasions, however, the BIA hears oral arguments of appealed cases, predominately at headquarters.

The BIA has been given nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals from certain decisions rendered by immigration judges and by district directors of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a wide variety of proceedings in which the Government of the United States is one party and the other party is an alien, a citizen, or a business firm.

BIA decisions are binding on all DHS officers and immigration judges unless modified or overruled by the Attorney General or a federal court. Most BIA decisions are subject to judicial review in the federal courts. The majority of appeals reaching the BIA involve orders of removal and applications for relief from removal. Other cases before the BIA include the exclusion of aliens applying for admission to the United States, petitions to classify the status of alien relatives for the issuance of preference immigrant visas, fines imposed upon carriers for the violation of immigration laws, and motions for reopening and reconsideration of decisions previously rendered.

The BIA is directed to exercise its independent judgment in hearing appeals for the Attorney General. BIA decisions designated for publication are printed in bound volumes entitled Administrative Decisions Under Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States.

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Asylum

Every year many foreign nationals migrate to the United States to escape persecution by their government or by a quasi-political, religious or ethnic group in their home country. Under U.S. immigration law, any person with refugee status may seek admission into the U.S., whether here legally, illegally or on an expired visa, as an asylum or withholding of removal applicant. The rules governing asylum and withholding of removal, however, are very complex. Hiring an experienced lawyer can make the difference in whether your claim is approved and you are permitted to remain in the U.S.

Asylum in the United States
Individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. must demonstrate that there is a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion if returned to their country of origin. To be considered for asylum relief, the applicant should generally file his/her asylum application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within one year of entering the U.S.

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