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Nashville Immigration Attorneys

OTHER IMMIGRATION MATTERS we handle

Perhaps you are concerned about one or more of the following immigration issues:

  • You came to the U.S. as a Tourist B1/B2 visitor, and would like to change your status to a student.
  • You came to the U.S. as a student and have received a job offer.
  • Your visa has expired, and you are now overstaying it.
  • You have been arrested and have an ICE hold.
  • You have been charged with criminal re-entry and are detained without a bond in a Federal Detention Facility.
  • You have recently been detained at the border.
  • You have violated the terms of your admission.
  • You have an order of removal.
  • You have violated the terms of your voluntary departure.
  • You have entered the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor and have been abused or neglected by one or both of your parents.
  • You have been deported, but at some point you were a victim of a crime in the United States.
  • You are the battered spouse, parent or child of a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.
  • You have been in the U.S. continuously since 1972.
  • You have been denied your asylum claim.
  • You have been refused your consular process, and the U.S. Embassy requested that you provide additional evidence or file a waiver.
  • You have been denied work authorization.
  • You have been a Permanent Resident for more than 10 years and wish to become naturalized.
  • You have a legitimate fear of returning to your country, but you are also afraid to go to ICE and express your fears because you have a prior order or removal.
  • You are a victim of domestic violence, but you do not know how to proceed because of concern for the wellbeing of your children.

Not everything is lost …

Even if you have been ordered removed, there is still hope for you to stay with your family. Call Cole Law Group at (615) 492-2009.

Our Cole Law Group Immigration team can help you with the following applications:

NATURALIZATION: We will review your case and determine whether or not your past criminal convictions will have an impact on your immigration status. We can also appeal your naturalization denial. This matter is time sensitive and must be done before specified deadlines.

VAWA (VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT): This is immigration relief for abused spouses, parents and children of U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents. It can be filed without the abuser’s knowledge and is available to both men and women.

SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE: USCIS provides this status to certain children who have been defined by state courts as abused, neglected, and abandoned by one or both parents and it is not in their best interests to return to their countries. They will be able to adjust their status to Legal Permanent Residents (despite their unauthorized entry or unlawful presence in the U.S.) once their visas are available. We can help you get the predicate order from the state court, and also submit your application for SIJ with USCIS. We can also help you apply for adjustment of status as a Legal Permanent Resident upon SIJ approval.

WORK AUTHORIZATION APPLICATIONS: We will find out whether or not you qualify for a work permit and then help you apply.

MEMORANDUM OF LAW ON CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS AND THEIR IMPACT ON IMMIGRATION STATUS: If you plead guilty of a crime for which you are innocent just because this could reduce your jail time or other penalties, you may face devastating immigration consequences. We can help your criminal defense attorney understand these consequences and evaluate the following possible options for you:

U-VISA: We can help you apply for the U-Visa Status if you are or have been a victim in the U.S. of one or more of the qualifying crimes described below in The List of Qualifying Crimes and you

  1. Have suffered substantial physical or psychological harm as a result of said crime;
  2. Have information regarding said crime (or you are unable to provide information due to a disability);
  3. Have been, and will be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of said crime.
The list of qualifying crimes is as follows (please note that these definitions will vary by state in the U.S.):
  • Abduction: Taking a person away by means of persuasion, fraud, or force.
  • Kidnapping: The crime of unlawfully seizing and carrying away a person by force or fraud, or seizing and detaining a person against his or her will with an intent to carry that person away at a later time.
  • Blackmail: The crime of threatening to reveal embarrassing, disgraceful or damaging information about a person to the public, family, spouse or associates unless money is paid to purchase silence. It is a form of extortion.
  • Extortion: Most states defineextortion as the gaining of property or money by almost any kind of force, or threat of 1) violence, 2) property damage, 3) harm to reputation, or 4) unfavorable government action. If any method of interstate commerce is used in the extortion, it can be a federal crime.
  • Hostage: Defined as the seizing or detention of an individual coupled with a threat to kill, injure or continue to detain such individual in order to compel a third person or governmental organization to take some action.
  • False Imprisonment / Unlawful Criminal Restraint: Occurs when persons are restricted in their personal movement within any area without justification or consent. Actual physical restraint is not necessary to a false imprisonment case. False imprisonment is a common-law felony and a tort. It applies to private as well as governmental detention.
  • Felonious Assault: Abusive touching, battery, beating, or use of a weapon resulting in substantial mental or physical harm.
  • Manslaughter: The unlawful killing of another person without premeditation or so-called "malice aforethought.”
  • Murder: Deliberate and premeditated (prior intent) killing of another motivated by ill will.
  • Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting: False representations by employers to contracted workers on conditions of employment, housing, fees to labor brokers, food and transportation, ability to work at other places of employment, and other material aspects of the work arrangement.
  • Involuntary Servitude/ Peonage/ Labor Trafficking: Includes a condition of servitude induced by any scheme. Threats of physical, psychological, financial or reputation restraint or harm by employer that compels an individual to continue work; threats to contact local law enforcement or immigration authorities by employer in order to compel continued work; confiscation or withholding of identity documents, passports, or other travel documents by employer. Supporting facts could include: wage theft; inadequate food, housing, medical care or clothing; lengthy hours; verbal or physical abuse; restricted contact with others; use of locks and fences to restrict workers’ mobility.
  • Slave Trade: The business or process of procuring, transporting, and selling slaves.
  • Human Trafficking: The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose.
  • Obstruction of Justice (by employer)/Perjury/ Witness Tampering: Evidence of visa fraud, false statements in seeking certification for labor, misuse of visas by employer; fraudulent wage and hour records; instructions to lie to a law enforcement investigator by employer; intimidation of workers who seek to comply with law enforcement investigations or affirmative complaints against an employer, including threats to contact local law enforcement or immigration authorities.
  • Perjury: The criminal offense of lying under oath. A perjury charge may be brought when someone makes a false statement after being sworn in or promising to tell the truth in a legal situation. For instance, a person giving testimony on the stand during a court case who tells a lie may be charged with perjury
  • Incest
  • Prostitution
  • Domestic Violence: Refers to violent acts committed by a family or household member against another, such as child abuse or the mistreatment of one's spouse.
  • Rape/ Sexual Exploitation/Sexual Assault: Unwelcome sexual contact, rape, assault, or exploitation by another individual.
  • Torture: Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed.
  • Stalking: Conservatively defined as "a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated (two or more occasions) visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof, that would cause a reasonable person fear."
  • Other Related Crimes

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