Blog Posts in 2015

ICE Detainers and Holds on Federal Defendants with Bail

When an individual is arrested by local law enforcement agency (LEA) and is discovered to be a noncitizen, they will notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In cases where ICE issues a ...
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What is the 601 Waiver?

The 601 waiver is a document intended to allow individuals who are deemed inadmissible to the U.S. to request a waiver to remain in America while they apply to adjust their status within the country. ...
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What You Need to Know About Bails in New York

Bail allows someone who has been arrested on suspicion of committing a criminal offense the opportunity to be released while the case is under investigation. The accused person must attend all court ...
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Challenging Your DUI Charges: All Hope is Not Lost

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, driving under the influence is a crime that in punishable by law. If convicted the driver may have their license suspended, face fines, ...
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DACA/DAPA Currently On Hold Awaiting Court Decision

Millions of unauthorized immigrants await the decision of the federal court for the expanded deferred action program enacted by President Obama via executive order late last year. Although it has been ...
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Nepal Designated for Temporary Protected Status

In response to the devastation caused by the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in April of this year, the Department of Homeland Security has granted the country Temporary Protected ...
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Minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras Eligible to Join Parents in the U.S.

The Central American Minors (CAM) refugee/parole immigration program announced in 2014 allows the children of parents lawfully present in the United States to be provided with safe passage into the ...
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What is the H-1B Visa "Lottery" System?

The H-1B is a non-immigrant work visa that is issued through U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). Officially referred to as “random selection,” the H-1B Lottery is used to ...
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New York Woman Marries 10 Men in Immigration Ploy

A Bronx woman recently pled not guilty at the State Supreme Court to two charges of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. She is accused of having married multiple men as part of ...
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ESL Teacher Defrauds Students out of Thousands of Dollars

A 58 year old ESL teacher who worked at a Manhattan school has been indicted on charges of defrauding several students out of thousands of dollars in return for providing them with green cards. The ...
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8 Other States are Easier to live in than New York

A recent UCLA study has determined that based on several factors, New York State is ninth on the list of the easiest states for undocumented immigrants to live in behind such states as California, ...
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What are Field Sobriety Tests?

Police officers who stop you on suspicion of DWI can ask you to perform a Field Sobriety Test to help determine if you are indeed intoxicated. One of three tests will likely be administered: the one ...
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Colder Temperatures Equals Less Crime

In New York City, the weather is having a positive effect on crime rates, never mind the difficulties it causes for residents. Crime has been down by slightly over 11% through February 15 of this ...
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What are the DACA Guidelines?

The deferred action for childhood arrivals program, or DACA, was created in 2012 to allow certain immigrants who can to the U.S. as children to continue to live and work in the country. If certain ...
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Do I need a K-1 Fiancé Visa?

You may qualify for a K-1 visa if you are a non-citizen looking to marry a U.S. citizen if you qualify for a visa or green card already. To be eligible for a fiancé visa you do not have to plan ...
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Can I Still Obtain a Green Card after Living in the U.S. Illegally?

No matter how long you may have spent living in the U.S. already, there is no easy way to obtain a green card if you have been living here illegally. It may be possible to fight your deportation ...
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Queens is Top NYC Borough with Eligible DACA, DAPA Immigrants

Roughly 230,000 undocumented immigrants residing in the five boroughs of New York City are eligible for the deferred action programs penned President Obama. These are the Deferred Action for Childhood ...
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Criminal Defense: What to Expect in Your First Court Appearance

Arraignment, the fancy name for your first court appearance, sounds scary and complicated, but with the right representation on your side it can be much less intimidating than you might think. This ...
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