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  • "I would definitely recommend Mr.Lee and Garasia as an immigration attorney because they did a great job with my case i.e. of Adjustment of Status (i-485). Mr. Lee helped us in each and every detailed information and prepared to the best of it. It was all well done and would like to appreciate." Read More

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August 2014 Archives

I-751 Affidavit

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Marriage.jpgWhen conditional residents file together with their US Citizen or Permanent Resident spouses to remove the conditions on their permanent residence, they must not only file the appropriate form but also enclose supporting documentation. This supporting documentation is also known as the "bona fides" of the marriage-in other words, proof that the couple has entered into the marriage in good faith and have a genuine relationship, and not just one formed to obtain an immigration benefit. One integral piece of this package is an affidavit executed by someone in support of the couple.

What are Immigration Bail Bonds and How Do They Work?

One of the most important questions family members will have upon learning that one of their loved ones has been detained by the Department of Homeland Security is how to get them released. When an Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") officer arrests or takes an individual into custody, he/she must usually determine whether to release the individual (with the expectation that he/she will show up for a future court date) or set a bond. Sometimes, under certain circumstances-usually when the individual has been convicted of a particular type of criminal offense-he/she may be subject to mandatory detention, meaning that the person is not eligible for release.

Latest News on Immigration Reform 2014

In light of Congressional intransigence to move forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform, President Obama recently announced that he will take unilateral action to address the plight of millions of undocumented aliens here in the United States. An announcement is expected sometime before the end of summer/early fall of 2014. One point of contention, however, is exactly how much power President Obama actually has to accomplish what he professes he wants to do, and what are the limits of that power.

How to Renew an Expiring or Expired Green Card

When most people receive their permanent resident or green cards, they believe that they are finally finished with the immigration process (unless they intend on filing for naturalization one day). One thing that is often overlooked is that the green card bears an expiration date, and it is the responsibility of the permanent resident to renew it. Bear in mind that this discussion pertains to aliens who have received permanent green cards (in other words, not aliens who have been conferred conditional permanent residence; conditional permanent residents will file to file for their permanent green cards ninety days before the second anniversary of when their case was approved. That is an entirely different process, which involves the filing of Form I-751.)

New Jersey Criminal Law and Immigration: Conditional Discharge May Help First-Time Drug Offenders Avoid Deportation

Individuals charged with minor drug offenses in New Jersey in municipal court may be offered an opportunity to apply for and receive a conditional discharge. For a non-US citizen, it is critical to always consult with immigration counsel first before doing anything that is criminal related. Possession of marijuana offenses and paraphernalia offenses are particularly tricky because notwithstanding that fact that conviction of an offense related to controlled dangerous substances may render an individual deportable (not to mention disqualify him/her from receiving permanent residence), New Jersey's conditional discharge program may offer an "out" or provide an escape clause.

What Crimes in New Jersey Qualify for the U Visa?

On July 15, 2014, USCIS recently released a Policy Memorandum pertaining to U visas. The Memo is entitled "Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Changes to U Nonimmigrant Status and Adjustment of Status Provisions." Among some of the important changes added by VAWA 2013 that the policy memorandum implements, officers are directed to take note of two new crimes that qualify as qualifying criminal activity for U nonimmigrant status. (U status is available to any alien who has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of certain qualifying criminal activity.) The two new crimes are Stalking and Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting (as defined in section 1351 of title 18, United States Code). The statutory list of qualifying crimes is therefore now comprised of the following:

Who is the Best Immigration Lawyer in New Jersey?

I've talked about this subject before but it's worth repeating these days since everyone is always looking for the "best." It is important to understand that the term "best" is relative. Who is determining who is the best? Who is best for whom? This is such a subjective topic. Really, the more important question is not who is the best lawyer out there, but rather, who is the best lawyer for me? An attorney who is the pre-eminent authority on PERM and H-1Bs may not necessarily be the best attorney for an individual charged with being deportable or someone trying to determine whether a derivative family member will be protected under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). Similarly, an attorney who practices immigration law in addition to family law, real estate, and criminal may not necessarily be the best attorney for a case that involves filing a provisional waiver where a showing of extreme hardship is necessary.

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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