For the past twenty years of practice, our offices have now formulated a practice called “migration practice” which basically entails general practice in civil law for immigrants. Various distinctions apply to citizens vs. non-citizens in the areas of real estate, divorce, wills and estate planning and certainly the immigration law itself. More recently, in municial courts, the Supreme Court has issued a “miranda warnings” to be applied to non-citizens as to their rights as far as deportation consequences if and when they plead guilty to any municipal court charges. Once an immigrant non-citizen settles into the country, assimilation absorbs many levels of legal junctions that impact the immigration status while progressively growing up the economic ladder, be it in real estate, municipal court, divorce and wills and estate planning. This practice governs such nascent and evolving area of law.
One case involved international adoption from another country into the USA. There was pre-adoption requirements, case studies and legal proceedings in the state of residence in the USA; then post-adoption filings. The complex process took almost 18 months or so to conclude with a happy ending.
My office represented a license suspension of a full servicing clinical laboratory, a trial that lasted almost three days. It covered several laboratory disciplines in the sciences such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, radiology, etc. The judge who presided over the administrative hearing had to be flown in from Washington D.C.
Filed for a green card processing for a Fbi informant under odd and sensitive facts of the case.
The very first immigration case I took involved a family petition filing for scientist who had about thirty patents. It was a self-petition under national interest waiver. All were successfully processed for green cards, except one child who was aged out but acquired a student visa at that time. That was twenty years ago.
Actually this case may not fit squarely in this category, but here it is: it involved a young adult woman who was held in jail for months on the grounds of suspicious activity pending asylum petition hearings. Another immigration attorney referred the matter from New York and my office conducted credibility hearings and got her released to Canada where her relatives were living then.
This case is almost novel in the sense that a non profit 501(c)(3) organization had some of their employees placed in removal proceedings because of their violation of status on the grounds for moonlighting from a job other than the employer for a few extra dollars. Represented the organization against the USCIS removal hearings in North Carolina, and settled with voluntary departure. That candidate is already back in the USA after the required abeyance out of the country.