Practice Areas

The effective practice of immigration law requires the attorney to be familiar with a wide variety of legal strategies to keep the Client safe and advance the Client’s interests. Jay S. Marks has a deep and long-standing familiarity with these strategies, uses them regularly, and refines them for each Client’s case.

Jay Marks is admitted to practice in all U.S. immigration courts, courts that are not part of the judicial branch of the government, but are units of the Executive Office of Immigration Review, a division of the Department of Justice, in the executive branch. These administrative courts operate in 19 states spread across the country. Deportation proceedings begin—and for poorly represented clients usually end badly—in immigration courts.
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Preventing deportation or removal
Some immigrants threatened with removal are eligible for asylum. We know the law of asylum. Others are threatened with removal because of past criminal convictions. We have had many successes in persuading state courts to set aside criminal convictions or reduce sentences so the offense is no longer a ground for deportation or an obstacle to citizenship.
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When is a misdemeanor a felony?
The short answer is: When immigration law says it is. The longer answer is that under the law, conviction for an “aggravated felony” leads to revocation of permanent residency and permanent exile from the United States. Immigration law sets out 21 broad and complex categories of such felonies. Some are even offenses that state law defines as misdemeanors. We know how to challenge allegations of aggravated felonies.
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Other ways to defeat deportation
Some immigrants are able to remain in the country because they qualify for 245(i), or Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA). (This last provision, despite its name, protects among others some immigrants from Eastern Europe and former states of the USSR.) We guide qualified clients through the twists and turns of these bewildering provisions.
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It’s not all blocking removal
The Law Offices of Jay S. Marks is fully experienced in assisting prospective immigrants to enter the country by obtaining family-based immigrant visas, business and employment visas, and other types of visas permitting extended employment and residence in the United States.
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The Ultimate Goal
We are ready to lead our clients to their ultimate goal: taking the oath of allegiance as citizens of the United States of America. For aged or seriously ill clients, this means fighting for disability waivers to accommodate their health issues. For clients with criminal records who have been rehabilitated, it means convincing the government that people are capable of making meaningful change in their lives.
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