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May 2017 Archives

Accommodations for Deaf, Blind and Disabled Citizenship Applicants | Lawyer for Citizenship

The naturalization examination for US Citizenship can be an extraordinary intimidating process. Born US citizens take it for granted, but the idea of driving to an immigration office and appearing for an examination before a government officer is the cause of many night sweats and palpitations, especially for those who are elderly and those not fluent in English. The process can be even more daunting for those who suffer from disabilities, whether they are hard of hearing, partially blind, or unable to walk. Some of these people are discouraged to apply because they assume that they will not be able to perform competently. Fortunately, the government does recognize these types of situations and does provide accommodations for people with valid physical handicaps.

What If I am Illegal and Stopped Driving in New Jersey Without A License?

One of the most pressing and urgent concerns that undocumented individuals have is what will happen to them if they are stopped for driving without a license. Given the increase in enforcement under the Trump Administration, these fears are not unjustified. In New Jersey, driving without a license is a traffic offense punishable under Title 39:3-10 and often referred to as "Unlicensed Driver." The statute provides for two distinct penalties depending on whether the defendant was ever licensed elsewhere:

USCIS Releases Guidance For B-2 Visitors Who Want To Become F-1 Foreign Students

In April of 2017, USCIS released special instructions for B-1/B-2 visitors looking to enroll in school. The bulletin clarifies that unless and until a change of status application (Form I-539) has been approved, it is not permissible for a foreign national to enroll in school while in B1/B2 status. In contrast to coming to the United States directly as an F-1 or M-1 student, the process of transitioning from visitor to student while already inside can be convoluted and formidable. Being accepted into a school and receiving an I-20 is only the first step in changing one's status. The prospective student must also prudently plan and coordinate one's anticipated start date with the end date of one's initial authorized stay. If, for example, a visitor's stay is due to expire more than thirty days prior to the I-20 start date, USCIS will likely deny the change of status application. USCIS recommends that applicants in this type of situation consider filing another I-539 to extend one's visitor's status while the initial I-539 awaits adjudication; alternatively, the applicant might leave before his/her stay is up and apply for the student visa abroad.

Update on NJ Shoplifting Immigration Consequences: Can A Conditional Dismissal Help?

On September 6, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a new law into effect that implemented the Conditional Dismissal program in New Jersey's municipal courts. Up until 2014, many first time offenders whose cases were heard in municipal court were not able to avail themselves of any formal pre-trial diversionary program like that in Superior Court. As a result, some people ironically found themselves in a legal quandary that similar offenders in Superior Court did not have to address: whether to go to trial or accept a plea to a lesser offense, whereas those in Superior Court who qualified for Pre-Trial Intervention ("PTI") would have the benefit of having the charge(s) dismissed after successfully completing probation. Now that there is a municipal court counterpart to PTI, there appears to be more parity amongst the two venues, with only the gravity and potential penalty of the offense determining jurisdiction. But appearances can be deceiving, and like anything in the law, you have to read the fine print. Certainly, it is generally preferable to have a case heard in municipal rather than Superior Court. However, as we have repeatedly stressed on a number of occasions, the collateral consequences of municipal court offenses can still be very significant, especially for those who are not US Citizens. The Conditional Dismissal mechanism, unfortunately, does very little in the way of vitiating the immigration consequences of some deportable offenses. Shoplifting is a perfect illustration of this.

Sometimes, Extreme Hardship Is Not Enough | I-601 Waiver Practice Tips

While proving extreme hardship is often the most critical part of getting a waiver case approved, it is important to remember that it is not the only part. It is easy to get so focused on proving hardship that one forgets or neglects to address the notion of discretion. In order to demonstrate that one qualifies for a waiver, an applicant must not only prove the requisite hardship to the appropriate qualifying relative, he or she must also make the case that a favorable exercise of discretion is warranted. As the USCIS policy manual lays out, "a finding of extreme hardship permits but never compels a favorable exercise of discretion." As a result, the adjudication of a waiver actually goes through a two-step process. First, the officer must determine whether hardship exists: if the hardship does not rise to the level required, the inquiry ends. However, if there is hardship, then the officer proceeds to step two, which is determining whether the applicant merits a grant. In making this determination, the officer must weigh both positive and negative factors.

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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