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I Am Prepared to Take Your Immigration Case to Federal Court

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As an experienced immigration attorney, I work with my clients to take their case as far as it needs to go in order to see a positive outcome. Sometimes this means pursuing their immigration case federally.

If you have a challenging immigration case that needs an aggressive and competent lawyer, please contact me- I can help you.
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How I Help

The first thing I do is get my client out of jail. Unfortunately, an immigration judge may not give my client an opportunity for release from jail. When this happens, it is my job to go into federal court and the federal court judge will order the immigration judge to provide my client with a full and fair opportunity for release.

On numerous occasions, the federal court judge has agreed with me and as a result, my clients have been released from jail.

I have also handled various appeals from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In one case, the United States Attorney agreed to withdraw their appeal and my client won his case without having to appear before a judge. They agreed to do so because my client was no longer subject to deportation.

A Legal Team Working for You

The Grotas Firm is comprised of experienced legal professionals that share a common goal: to do everything in our power to keep families together.

In the event of a complication, our team is prepared to defend your case to the fullest extent possible. This is where our experience really shines: we know which avenues to take, and what actions are most likely to result in success.

Immigration law can be confusing, and mistakes can be costly both financially and emotionally. We help our clients in every way we are legally able to, ensuring that they receive fair representation throughout the process.

Whether you are renewing your visa, seeking a green card, or helping a relative immigrate, you can count on my firm to always represent your best interests.

Why Would a Case Go to Federal Court?

Many immigration judges and state judges make mistakes, and many attorneys are satisfied with unsatisfactory rulings. Most do not want to upset a judge by challenging his or her decision, nor do they want to spend more time appealing the same case at a federal level.

However, it is my strong belief that when a judge passes an unfair verdict that could ultimately devastate or destroy a person’s life, it is my responsibility as his or her attorney to do everything in my legal power to prevent that from happening. Taking a case before a federal judge is a serious and time consuming endeavor, but if successful can result in the reversal of a previous decision made by either an immigration or state judge.

Also, many cases proceed to federal court because immigration officials have failed to render a decision after years of waiting. I can assist in procuring a federal court order which requires immigration to grant or deny an immigration application.

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Helping You Determine Your Path Forward

Most people enter the USA using a visa, but you can change your status by obtaining a green card or naturalizing and obtaining citizenship.

Visas vs Green Cards vs Citizenship

Some people have a misconception that an immigration visa is the same thing as a green card or full citizenship. While an immigration visa will allow you to live and work in the United States, it is not a permanent arrangement– a visa is a temporary permit, whether it’s for several months or several years. It must be renewed regularly.

A green card is your authorization to live and work in the United States permanently. Unlike a visa, if you are a green card holder, you will not need to renew or reapply. You can also sponsor members of your family to come to the United States, whereas this is not possible with a visa. Green cards must be renewed every 10 years (the process is very simple). Learn more about obtaining your green card.

Obtaining citizenship is the highest level of residency someone in the United States can have. As a citizen, you cannot be subject to deportation and are able to vote in elections. You can obtain your citizenship after being a green card holder in good standing for at least five years. Learn more about obtaining citizenship.

Immigration Legal Services for Families

Detention & Deportation Defense

Minor infraction or conviction, even if it occurred decades ago, could trigger deportation or removal proceedings. The U.S. government does not forget. In fact, they are actively arresting people even if they have been living in the U.S. their entire lives. I provide passionate and zealous immigration defense for those who the U.S. government wants to deport.

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Getting Your Citizenship

When applying for citizenship, the application process can be fraught with technicalities, unfair immigration officials, and delays. Our entire immigration and criminal history. Guidance from an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to ensuring that you are not only approved, but that you don’t suddenly wind up in deportation proceedings. Also, an immigration attorney can save a case which has been delayed.

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Visa Applications & Renewals

During our initial consultation, I will work with you to determine which visa is right for you or your loved one. I have represented many immigrants who have applied for a wide range of visa applications. I have worked on renewal cases for individuals and their family members, including change of status, marriage and fiancé visas, family petitions, as well as many others.

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Obtaining Your Green Card

The first step for someone immigrating to the U.S. on a permanent basis is to obtain lawful permanent residence; commonly known as a “Green Card.” The steps to obtaining your Green Card can vary greatly depending on your specific circumstances. There are numerous ways to obtain a green card and every client’s situation should be evaluated specifically.

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Helping Relatives Immigrate

If you are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and are looking to help bring a relative into this country, it is important that all of the required documentation be submitted correctly on the first attempt and within the allotted time frames. I can assist you with all of the necessary paperwork, supporting exhibits and the eventual interview.

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Federal Litigation

Many immigration judges and state judges make mistakes. And many attorneys are satisfied with unsatisfactory rulings. Most do not want to upset a judge by challenging his or her decision, nor do they want to spend more time appealing the same case at a federal level. However, it is my strong belief that when a judge passes an unfair verdict that could ultimately devastate or destroy a person’s life, it is my responsibility as his or her attorney to do everything in my legal power to prevent that from happening. Taking a case before a federal judge is a serious and time consuming endeavor, but if successful can result in the reversal of a previous decision made by either an immigration or state judge.

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Vacating Guilty Pleas

Vacating Guilty Pleas: Many clients find themselves in deportation proceedings after entering a plea of guilty to a crime on the advice of their criminal attorney. Unfortunately, their attorney never tells them that their guilty plea will result in their deportation. This can lead to disastrous consequences. In this scenario, it is my job to handle damage control and keep my client in this country and out of jail.

Learn More

Minor infraction or conviction, even if it occurred decades ago, could trigger deportation or removal proceedings. The U.S. government does not forget. In fact, they are actively arresting people even if they have been living in the U.S. their entire lives. I provide passionate and zealous immigration defense for those who the U.S. government wants to deport.

Learn More

When applying for citizenship, the application process can be fraught with technicalities, unfair immigration officials, and delays. Our entire immigration and criminal history. Guidance from an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to ensuring that you are not only approved, but that you don’t suddenly wind up in deportation proceedings. Also, an immigration attorney can save a case which has been delayed.

Learn More

During our initial consultation, I will work with you to determine which visa is right for you or your loved one. I have represented many immigrants who have applied for a wide range of visa applications. I have worked on renewal cases for individuals and their family members, including change of status, marriage and fiancé visas, family petitions, as well as many others.

Learn More

The first step for someone immigrating to the U.S. on a permanent basis is to obtain lawful permanent residence; commonly known as a “Green Card.” The steps to obtaining your Green Card can vary greatly depending on your specific circumstances. There are numerous ways to obtain a green card and every client’s situation should be evaluated specifically.

Learn More

If you are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and are looking to help bring a relative into this country, it is important that all of the required documentation be submitted correctly on the first attempt and within the allotted time frames. I can assist you with all of the necessary paperwork, supporting exhibits and the eventual interview.

Learn More

Many immigration judges and state judges make mistakes. And many attorneys are satisfied with unsatisfactory rulings. Most do not want to upset a judge by challenging his or her decision, nor do they want to spend more time appealing the same case at a federal level. However, it is my strong belief that when a judge passes an unfair verdict that could ultimately devastate or destroy a person’s life, it is my responsibility as his or her attorney to do everything in my legal power to prevent that from happening. Taking a case before a federal judge is a serious and time consuming endeavor, but if successful can result in the reversal of a previous decision made by either an immigration or state judge.

Learn More

Vacating Guilty Pleas: Many clients find themselves in deportation proceedings after entering a plea of guilty to a crime on the advice of their criminal attorney. Unfortunately, their attorney never tells them that their guilty plea will result in their deportation. This can lead to disastrous consequences. In this scenario, it is my job to handle damage control and keep my client in this country and out of jail.

Learn More
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