Question: What types of immigration cases have you successfully tried?

Answer: I handle basically two different broad, general areas of immigration law. First of all, I do handle removal cases. That is when a person who is not a U.S. citizen is in the United States and the U.S. government is trying to remove them from the United States and return them to their country or to another country that they can live in. I have handled cases in that context where we have successfully argued that the person should not be removed from the United States and should instead be granted status. Usually, these cases are cases that we look at based on the length of time the person has already been in the United States, the fact that they have close family members who are U.S. citizens, and that they have no disqualifying criminal convictions, they have good moral character. And then we can file for certain kinds of status with the immigration judge where the case is being handled. I do also handle visa cases, usually in the family setting where we are asking for people to be able to bring their fiancés or their spouses or other family members into the United States, or have them adjust their status while they’re already in the United States to become legal permanent residents. I have also handled some deferrals. That is a fairly new category that has been created. It’s a little bit of a hybrid from the Dream Act that people talk about so much, where people who were brought into the United States while they were children under the age of 16 can apply for a deferred status and obtain work authorization.

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