Criminal law and immigration issues often intersect. If you are not a U.S. Citizen and have been charged with an offense in the criminal court system, it is important that you are represented by an attorney who understands the unique consequences immigrants face.
Whether you are in the U.S. with no legal status (“undocumented”), hold a non-immigrant visa, or are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR or “Green Card Holder”), the attorneys at Law Office are experienced in negotiating dispositions that aim to have the lowest impact on your immigration status.
Queens Immigration Lawyer
The attorneys of Law Office are experienced criminal defense and immigration lawyers based in Queens, New York. They proudly assist individuals with all family-based and employment-based immigration matters, including adjustment of status, asylum, naturalization, and removal proceedings.
Contact Law Office at or submit an online form to schedule an appointment for a confidential review of your case. The Law Office serves individuals with criminal and immigration issues throughout New York, including Kings, Queens, Bronx, New York Counties, and surrounding communities.
Immigration Issues in Queens, New York
By appointment, the Law Office offers the following immigration services:
- Evaluation and consultation of immigration consequences of criminal convictions, including representation in immigration court removal proceedings
- Removal Proceedings
- Family-based immigration
- Employment-based immigration (E1, E2, E3, E4, and E5 Visas)
- Non-Immigrant Visas (H, I, O, B, F, J, TN, E, etc.)
- Adjustment of Status
- Immigration-Related Documents (Employment Authorization, Advance Parole, Reentry Permit, Removal of Conditions of Residence, Replacement of Permanent Resident Card, J-1 Waiver)
Often a criminal conviction can cause a non-U.S. citizen to become inadmissible or deportable and subject to removal from the United States. This means that certain criminal convictions can put a non-U.S. citizen, including Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), in danger of being placed in removal proceedings and forced to leave the United States.
All criminal convictions are not treated equally under immigration law. As a result, it is important to consult an attorney experienced in both criminal and immigration law to minimize the immigration consequences stemming from criminal issues.
Do not assume a criminal offense is “minor” or “not serious.” Even the “smallest offenses” can have the detrimental effects on a noncitizen's immigration status.
Before an individual can be removed or deported from the United States, he or she must go through a removal proceeding. Removal proceedings allow a non-citizen to apply for certain forms of relief, including asylum, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, and more.
Nearly every form of relief in a removal proceeding is discretionary, which means the individuals is not automatically granted permission to remain in the United States by virtue of qualifying for a particular immigration benefit. The individual provide substantial evidence that she or she deserves to remain in the United States.
Forced removal from the United States can have devastating effects on the individual and his or her family. It is highly recommended to consult an experienced immigration attorney as soon as removal proceedings are initiated.
Certain non-citizens with lawful permanent resident (LPR) or United States citizen family members can apply for LPR status in the United States. An experienced immigration attorney will accurately determine eligibility for a family-based immigrant visa based on the following:
- Beneficiary (or person receiving immigrant visas) Country of Birth/Citizenship
- Manner of entry into the United States
- Lawful status in the United States
- Criminal History
The aforementioned list is non-exhaustive. It is important to consult a Queens County immigration attorney for a review of your unique case.
Certain non-citizens in a particular industry or with special skills may obtain lawful status in the United States with an employment-based immigrant visa, commonly referred to as an E Visa. An employer, not the non-citizen or immigrant, must petition for an E Visa.
It is important to consult an experienced immigration attorney with your employment-based immigration case because United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has very strict requirements and limits the number of visas available each year.
Trusting an inexperienced attorney could result in substantial delays or denial in your employment-based immigration case.
Law Office ǀ New York Immigration Attorney
Immigration law and criminal law issues often overlap. It is important to consult an attorney with substantial experience in both areas to ensure your case is handled skillfully and competently.
The seasoned attorneys of Law Office strongly represent individuals in criminal law and immigration matters, including employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, and removal defense.
Contact Law Office at or submit an online form to schedule a confidential appointment.