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February 2014 Archives

Can An Immigrant In a New Jersey Jail Be Deported Before Finishing The Criminal Sentence?

While by no means an ordinary practice, there are limited situations where an individual who is not a United States citizen who is convicted of a criminal offense may be removed to his/her native country prior to completion of the criminal sentence. It is not available in every state but where it is available, it is coordinated through the ICE Rapid REPAT program, a smaller component of the ICE ACCESS (Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security) initiate. The three main elements of the program, as outlined on ICE's fact sheets, are the following:

How The New Citizenship Application Affects NJ Green Card Holders

USCIS has recently issued a new version of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This is not just a minor revision. There are a number of important changes and additions to the application. While the old N-400 is still acceptable as of now, all prospective naturalization applicants must start using the new, revised version starting May 5, 2014.

Would A Criminal Offense in NJ Municipal Court Qualify Under The Petty Offense Exception?

As has been discussed in previous entries, a conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude ("CIMT") constitutes one of the most common grounds of removability-whether it be in terms of deportability or inadmissibility. What exactly is a crime involving moral turpitude is, of course, a very complicated question subject to much interpretation and beyond the scope of this discussion. In short, though, crimes involving moral turpitude are generally those that are considered against the standards of common morality and almost always involve some knowing or purposeful conduct. Crimes which involve fraud, deceit, or intentional inflectional of severe physical injury usually are at risk of being classified as such. Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude or, under certain circumstances, even an admission of having committed a CIMT, is a ground of inadmissibility under section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which would not only potentially bar an individual from being legally admitted to the US but also prevent an individual from qualifying for a green card or visa, whether immigrant or non-immigrant. Fortunately, there is a safe harbor: it is titled the Petty Offense Exception, and serves to exempt one CIMT offense under certain specified conditions.

Can New Jersey Undocumented Aliens Hope For A New Immigration Law in 2014?

Late last week, the Republican Party finally released their much-anticipated list of principles regarding immigration reform, which the GOP was reluctant to grapple with last year. It is a one page document entitled "Standards for Immigration Reform" and arguably signifies a more open and willing attitude to address legalization for the eleven million undocumented aliens in this country-something which it was adamantly opposed to in 2013.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

    • The National Advocates | Top 100 Lawyers
    • Rated by Super Lawyers | Angie Garasia | 5 Years
    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb
    • Client Distinction Award martindale.com | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationaly Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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