Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Arrest/Conviction

In today’s climate, immigration enforcement of individuals with criminal convictions is at an all time high. Whether you live in New York City (Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx, Manhattan or Queens) or New Jersey, you will see stepped up immigration enforcement. Take no comfort in the fact that immigration (DHS) has not reached out to you for a convictions perhaps 20 years old. All too often, we have clients who enter and or appear at JFK airport where DHS/Immigration discovers/finds a criminal conviction from many years ago. People are often puzzled as to why immigration officials make an issue of this now despite countless travels in and out of the country. As such, if you have a criminal conviction, we strongly recommend that you immediately contact an immigration attorney serving New York City (Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx, Manhattan or Queens) and New Jersey. You must be proactive and not wait for immigration to appear at your door. If you do nothing and they come to you, you may possibly be taken into custody and stay in detention. Some detainees may have to stay in custody without bond and wait for an immigration judge to take on your case. Be ready. Be diligent. Contact an experienced immigration attorney.


Asylum Transferred to Immigration Court

You filed a case for asylum and you appeared for your asylum interview. Although you seemed optimistic about the results, when you picked up your decision, you found out that your case was transferred to immigration court. When a case is transferred to immigration court, a person receives a Notice to Appear (NTA). DHS will issue a Notice to Appear and if you live within the jurisdiction of the New York City Immigration Court, you will be commanded to appear at the Immigration Court located at 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY. If you live within the jurisdiction at the Newark Immigration Court, you will be commanded to appear at the Immigration Court located at 970 Broad Street, Newark, NJ. Statistics show that the majority of cases heard by the asylum office in Bethpage, NY or at the asylum office at Lyndhurst, NJ, are transferred to the immigration court. You will have an opportunity to present your asylum case in front of an immigration judge in New York City or an immigration judge in Newark, NJ (if you live within those courts’ jurisdictions). Unlike your experience at the asylum office in the Department of Homeland Security, your experience in immigration court will be entirely different. In the immigration court, immigration court rules will apply. You should find experienced and competent representation through an experienced immigration lawyer serving New York City and/or an immigration lawyer serving Newark, NJ. The decisions you make very early on after receipt of the Notice to Appear will likely be one of the most important decisions in your life. Despite what you have heard out there and despite what you may have heard about the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement, our immigration courts will provide you with a fair opportunity to present your case. Although hiring an experienced immigration lawyer includes financial costs, consider these costs an investment in your future. Make no mistake about it, if proper decisions are not made early on, fixing any mistakes (presuming they are even fixable) will be a lot more costly