New York City Immigration Attorney
About Your Immigration Situation
What are the qualities that you look for in a doctor, an auto mechanic or the real estate agent you use to buy your home? First, you want someone with proven experience. Above all else, you desire a professional who has seen and done it before, many times. The same holds true for the New York City immigration lawyer you retain to understand your immigration situation and bring it to a successful conclusion. At Feiner & Lavy P.C., Attorneys at Law, we have over 40 years of experience on immigration matters, working with people from all backgrounds with one thing in common. They need help to prevent or resolve an immigration problem and that is what we excel at.
The second thing you might be interested in is customer service. Do you go back to the mechanic with a sour disposition or the doctor who had no bedside manner? Our firm makes customer service a focus for several reasons. We know that you may be facing deportation or an inability to obtain a needed visa and how tough that can be. Our attorneys also understand that you are entrusting us, in many cases, with you and your family being able to stay in the country and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. Any business person knows that you won’t come back to them or won’t refer others when you aren’t treated with respect and if what you need isn’t delivered. Finally, most anyone is going to want to know how much a given service will cost. We keep our fees reasonable to make it possible for you to receive our services and so that as many people as possible can be helped.
We work to resolve immigration situations before they become threatening but that is not always possible. Our decades of work have demonstrated that there are many ways to solve an immigration problem if your lawyer knows the laws well and how to apply them. We have attorneys who speak English, Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish to help you in understanding the immigration process and to feel comfortable in working with us. While our customer relations are a strength, we can be equally aggressive and determined when it comes to pursuing your rights and immigration goals. Please read on to see some of the specific areas we address and the types of actions we can do to be of service to you.
Areas of Service
CSPA – Child Status Protection Act
Prior to the CSPA, many individuals unjustly lost their “child” immigration status which was their route to permanent residency. This came about when they turned 21 before their application was processed. With the enactment of the CSPA, certain beneficiaries can now retain the “child” designation for purposes of immigration. We can determine if the CSPA applies to your situation and assist you to achieve permanent residency in the U.S.
There are a number of different types of visas that can be sought depending on the current needs. Our firm offers assistance in a wide range of these, for those seeking a study visa, religious visa, a business visa or even a visa for a fiancé. A visa can offer a number of important rights, such as the ability to enter the country, work and stay. The best way to start off is by getting in touch with our firm.
A green card is a permanent residency card that allows immigrants many benefits without having to become legal citizens of the country. Many people will use this while they are seeking the ability to become a citizen and gain further rights, or they may remain using the green card when it offers the benefits they need. Since those with a green card are not legal citizens, they can still face issues of deportation under certain circumstances.
Same-Sex Marriage Immigration
With the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in July of 2013, same-sex married couples and fiancés now have the right to file for K visas. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and you are married/engaged to someone of the same sex who resides outside of the U.S., we can help you reunite with your loved one.
If you are being held in immigration detention, our first order of business is to seek a bond that will secure your release. Once we have achieved that, we then strive to resolve the immigration situation that caused your detention. A motion must be written and filed with the Immigration court and evidence presented to show why you are deserving of a bond. We understand what the court wants to see and how to persuasively argue a bond case.
Appeals to BIA
Immigration situations do not always go as planned and you may be given a decision that negatively affects your status. Fortunately, we know how to appeal unfavorable decisions and get a higher court to review what was done in your case. By finding legal mistakes in a lower court’s actions or decisions, it can open the door to a fresh look at your situation. We must act quickly, though, as there is a time limit to file your appeal.
Petition for Review
When a decision has been made to remove you from the country, we use a petition to ask the court to review the disposition of your case. Our firm also utilizes these petitions when a motion to reopen removal proceedings or granting of asylum has been denied. This motion does not prevent your deportation but a separate legal action can be taken towards bringing that situation under our control.
What can be done if you are denied immigration access to the U.S.? We prepare waivers of inadmissibility for our clients to show that there are compelling reasons to grant them legal access to the U.S. If, however, a waiver package is not prepared and submitted correctly, it can add significant time to a person being able to enter the U.S. That is why we urge you to utilize our experienced immigration lawyers.
The best way to gain rights in the country and avoid the greater possibility of deportation is through becoming a legal citizen. This can be a difficult process but for many people, the end result is invaluable. It is important to understand eligibility and requirements that need to be met in order to obtain a successful outcome.
For family, employment, humanitarian or other reasons, our firm can get a petition for consular processing submitted for you, towards either obtaining a non-immigrant visa or your permanent residency. While this process can speed your immigration goals, there is risk involved as consular processing can result in you being denied access into the U.S.
Battered Spouse or Children/VAWA
The Violence against Women Act (VAWA) allows victims of abusive spouses to obtain their own legal immigration status in the United States. This action is done independent of the abusive spouse, despite him or her being a legal permanent resident or U.S. citizen. It is accomplished through a petition that we file with the USCIS and can result in you being able to legally work and live in the U.S.
Deportation & Removal
Deportation or removal from the country can spell an end to your life in the U.S. and can rip a family apart. There are a variety of proven methods to fight and defeat efforts to deport you, and our attorneys are well versed in them. Appeals to the BIA, a motion to reopen your removal proceedings or the overturning of a criminal conviction can all act to halt and ultimately end a deportation.
In order to be eligible for asylum, we must be able to show that you have suffered or fear you will suffer from persecution. Normally, asylum must be applied for within a year of your arrival to the U.S. The process requires complete documentation, submissions, interviews and, at times, hearings before immigration authorities. We know what will be required and work hard to provide all needed information so that your request can be granted.
How can you stay in the country when your spouse, who is a permanent resident or U.S. citizen, is abusive? Are you in the situation of depending on this person to achieve legal residence of your own? If these statements apply to you, our firm may be able to use the Violence Against Women Act to help you obtain lawful immigration status, independent of your spouse. We prepare and carry through petitions to help woman who are victims of violence.
Expiring I-551 Green Cards
Failing to get your green card renewed on time is a misdemeanor which can have serious consequences. Before times runs out, use our experience to have your application professionally prepared and presented to immigration authorities. In some cases, an application can be denied and expose you to immigration troubles. We know how to appeal and what other avenues can be taken so that your immigration status is not compromised.
Visiting the US
Unforeseen difficulties, such as a past criminal record, health situations or prior immigration violations can make a person inadmissible into the U.S., even for just a visit. Please don’t take the chance that your visa application will be denied. With our knowledge of visa requirements and how to resolve barriers that get in the way, your chances to visit the U.S. can be greatly increased.
Criminal defense for offenses committed by persons who are not citizens of the U.S. requires intimate knowledge of immigration laws and what the consequences of a conviction will be. Non-citizens can be deported for being found guilty of many types of crimes, but by understanding the immigration factors involved, we work to make it so that your charges do not result in removal from the country.
Why Hire an Immigration Attorney
For those that are dealing with a matter of immigration law it is good question to ask. There are many reasons why hiring an immigration attorney is the right choice and many people are only confirmed in their decision the longer their case progresses. An attorney can offer a number of important benefits, such as legal insight that can make a case more efficient and increase the chance of retaining the desired outcome. The best way to find out what they can do is by getting in touch directly.