The number of immigrants living in New Jersey has risen on the past few years. The USCIS Newark Field Office, located at 970 Broad Street, is one of the busiest of the country, with dozens of thousands of Green Card and Citizenship applications filed each year.
The New Jersey Lawyers service the immigration cases that have been pending for too long or have been denied by the USCIS.
One of the services of New Jersey Lawyers is to make formal inquiries regarding the status of a case pending.
This is generally made by scheduling an InfoPass appointment and talk directly with an immigration officer.
Also, Federal law provides that an applicant for immigration benefits can be accompanied to any interview and hearing by his lawyer.
Lawyers service other kind of immigration cases, such as removal proceedings against illegal immigrant or lawful permanent residents convicted of an aggravated felony, or another serious crime.
In some instances, an immigrant may be able to apply for one or more reliefs from removal, such as adjustment of status, cancellation or removal, or asylum.
If a relief is granted, the immigrant will be allowed to remain in the United States. If no relief is available, the immigrant will be deported, unless a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion is obtained by the Federal government.
If the case of a New Jersey resident is denied by the USCIS, it is possible to file an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) within 30 days the decision was issued. If the BIA affirms the denial, an appeal can be filed in the Federal District Court, sitting just next to the Federal Immigration building.
Only New Jersey Lawyers are allowed to appear in the Newark Federal District Court. Appeals from the New Jersey Federal District Court are heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.