IMMIGRATION LAW

Melanie Abrams, an attorney, holds a national reputation for her expertise in immigration law. Her various honors from The American Institute Of Legal Counsel and Attorney And Practice Magazine demonstrate her outstanding achievements in the area and her esteem among her colleagues.

Contact the Law Office of Abrams Law Group in New York for an initial consultation to explore how her approach to customer service in immigration law can help you and your family. She specializes in immigration law and may therefore assist you with Family Immigration, Naturalization, Deportation and Removal Defense, Employment Immigration, and Temporary Visas. Melanie Abrams, an attorney, can assist you determine the appropriate course of action and give ongoing counsel, advocacy, and support throughout the process.

ASYLUM APPLICATION

Asylum Seekers – Thank you for considering Melanie Abrams to assist you in determining your eligibility for asylum in the United States. Asylum permits you to reside in the United States, obtain work authorization, obtain a “Green Card,” and eventually apply for US citizenship. Our Legal Department can assist you in determining if you qualify to ask for asylum.

If you are eligible for asylum, we can provide you with legal representation and file your application on your behalf. We have an office in New York, but we can assist you regardless of your location in the United States.

What exactly is asylum?

Asylum is claimed by an individual who departs their home country, enters or asks entry into the United States, and applies for protection from the United States so they do not have to return.

To qualify for asylum as an asylum seeker, you must demonstrate that you are a refugee who cannot or will not return to his or her country of nationality due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
This implies that you must demonstrate that your race, religion, nationality, membership in a specific social group, or political viewpoint was or will be the primary reason for your persecution or why you fear persecution. Economic hardship is not a valid basis for asylum claims.

You must submit an asylum application within one year of entering the United States.

How do I Request Asylum?

If you are currently in the United States, ideally with a valid visa, you may petition for asylum using USCIS Form I-589. This is referred to as Affirmative Asylum.

You can claim asylum at a port of entry, such as a border crossing, if you are seeking refuge outside the United States and do not have a valid visa to enter. This procedure is referred to as Defensive Asylum and is considerably more complicated.

Scroll down for videos and information on both asylum processes from our asylum attorney.

How Asylum Operates

Depending on whether you seek affirmative or defensive asylum, the process may begin with USCIS and often concludes with a court ruling.

Affirmative Asylum – You are Currently in the United States

Once your asylum petition has been submitted, the evaluation procedure might take anywhere from months to years. Since January 2018, the asylum process with USCIS has moved substantially more quickly.

You will be eligible to apply for authorisation to work in the United States approximately five months after submitting your application.

Typically one to three months after submitting your application, you will be summoned for an interview with USCIS. If the USCIS officer determines that your asylum claim is legitimate, they will grant it. Your asylum claim will be referred to the courts if there is any uncertainty. For this reason alone, it is imperative that you have an asylum-focused attorney. Choose your asylum attorney with care, as not all immigration lawyers are qualified to defend you in these hearings.

You may remain in the United States during the duration of the process.

Defensive Asylum – You are Outside the U.S. Without a Visa or Present Illegally in the U.S.

The defensive asylum procedure is notoriously convoluted and typically requires the applicant to be imprisoned for at least a brief amount of time, and frequently much longer. Throughout this entire procedure, the applicant is officially in removal proceedings; therefore, it is essential to have an expert immigration attorney and asylum counsel.

The defense asylum procedure fully bypasses the USCIS phase and is exclusively handled by the courts. Unrepresented clients have a 10% probability of being granted refuge, thus anyone considering this route should retain an experienced asylum attorney. Before considering asking for asylum in this manner, please feel free to contact our immigration law firm to discuss your case in greater detail.

Asylum Approval

If you are awarded asylum, you and any qualified spouse or kid included in your application will be allowed to remain and work in the United States, and you may eventually adapt to lawful permanent residence status, sometimes known as a Green Card holder.

If you are denied asylum, Homeland Security may use your information to deport you. In order to escape deportation, you must succeed in your asylum application.

CAR ACCIDENT

Traffic accidents are frequently preventable, yet New York City and New York and New Jersey drivers are much too regularly careless when negotiating the city’s always packed streets or commuting around the states. Abrams Law Group PC’s motor vehicle and truck accident attorneys are committed to maximizing compensation for accident victims and their families.

Auto Accidents

In recent years, automobile safety has made great advances. Yet, due to the volume of traffic in New York City and throughout the state, there are an excessive number of auto accidents. The pressures of daily life and advances in technology have increased the number of driving distractions. Regularly, significant, injury-causing collisions are caused by inattentive driving, “road rage,” and reckless conduct.

Subway And Train Accidents

In the tri-state area, millions of people rely on commuter trains and the subway system to get to and from work, visit family, and go about their everyday lives. Train and subway operators, as well as their parent corporations, are responsible for maintaining the safety of subway stations and ensuring that you arrive at your destination safely. The negligent maintenance or operation of a train or subway can cause serious harm, agony, and even wrongful death to a passenger. Similarly, a negligent operator can create serious accidents, resulting in injuries to pedestrians, bikers, and automobiles who are in the area of a runaway train or derailment.

TRUCK ACCIDENT

Traffic accidents are frequently preventable, yet New York City and New York and New Jersey drivers are much too regularly careless when negotiating the city’s always packed streets or commuting around the states. Abrams Law Group PC’s motor vehicle and truck accident attorneys are committed to maximizing compensation for accident victims and their families.

Bicycle-Pedestrian Trucking Accidents

Pedestrians and bicyclists have little to no protection against a moving vehicle. While bicycle helmets are important safety devices, the human body is no match for the mass, size and weight of a motor vehicle. Inattentive driving, distracted driving and the failure to yield to a cyclist or pedestrian are common concerns, whether you are in New York City, or anywhere in New York. When a truck is involved in the accident, injuries are often severe or fatal.

Bus Accidents

To ensure passenger safety, bus companies, taxi services, subway systems, and rental vehicle services are held to a high standard of care. Unfortunately, bus accidents are a common source of suffering and injury for individuals and their families in both densely populated and less populated parts of New York.

Garbage Truck Accidents

Municipal workers in New York City hit the streets early in the morning to collect garbage and recyclables on a vast scale. Garbage trucks normally traverse the city at sedate speeds, but their size, weight, and visibility pose considerable threats to bikers, pedestrians, and cars. When fully loaded, the weight of a vehicle is astoundingly greater than when it is completely empty. When a municipal vehicle is involved in an accident, the victims frequently sustain severe or fatal injuries.

Overloaded Trucks

State and federal rules impose stringent restrictions on the amount of freight a tractor-trailer can transport. These weight limitations serve as a crucial safety regulation in addition to their purpose of controlling road wear and tear. Unfortunately, rising revenues provide a corporate incentive for commercial trucking businesses to expand the volume of their cargo. Abrams Law Group PC has the resources, the technology, and the motivation to handle complex truck accident cases in order to assist injury victims and their families in obtaining justice and the full compensation to which they are entitled.

DACA RENEWAL

In June 2012, President Obama established a unique program for those who entered the United States as minors under the age of 16, have resided in the country since June 2007 and meet certain other criteria. “Deferred Action for Certain Childhood Arrivals” or “DACA” is the name of the program.

President Trump attempted to eliminate DACA, prompting the filing of lawsuits. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2020 that the Trump administration’s decision to end the program was “arbitrary and capricious” because it did not adhere to the necessary processes. The DACA program may proceed. The Court decided, however, that the Administration may still seek to end DACA if it follows the right processes.

The Department of Homeland Security said in late July 2020 that it requires additional time to make a long-term decision regarding the future of DACA. In the interim, USCIS will accept DACA renewal applications from individuals whose DACA status was previously authorized, even if their work authorization cards have expired. However, DACA status will only be renewed for one year, as opposed to the prior two-year extension. In addition, no first DACA applications would be accepted from those who have never previously been granted DACA.

PREMISES TRIP/FALL

Individuals, organizations, and government bodies have distinct obligations for protecting the safety of their properties.

You have the right to investigate and sue for premises responsibility if you were injured on someone else’s property, whether a commercial facility, private residence, or public property.

The most frequent examples of injuries caused by negligent property maintenance are:

  • Uneven, cracked pavement or the presence of sidewalk flags might cause tripping and falls on a sidewalk or walkway. In addition to homeowners and business owners, the city is frequently held accountable.
  • Due to incorrect shoveling and salting, individuals slip and fall on ice or slick surfaces.
  • Stairway faults originating from incorrect construction in conformity with local building codes, damaged steps or lack of step uniformity, and loose railings or improper length and placing of handrails.
  • A ceiling collapses in a building or residence due to a lack of upkeep or substandard construction and building materials.
  • Slip and fall due to a damp floor, inadequate lighting, trip hazard, or a hole. The owners or employees of a property are obligated to warn visitors orally and/or with clear signage and to eliminate the potential hazard within a reasonable time frame.

AVIATIONS

Were you or a loved one injured in a New York City aviation crash? An experienced aviation/airplane accident attorney in New York City can help you maximize your financial compensation. Abrams Law Group can assist you in pursuing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, suffering, and more.

We have collected tens of millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims and their families in New York City.

After any form of accident, dealing with insurance may be a nightmare. Claims for aircraft accidents are notoriously complex. It can take months or even years for investigators to finish their investigations. You are not required to sit and wait.
An expert personal injury attorney in New York City can help you regain control. We can assist you in determining what transpired and recovering the necessary funds.

When you hire our attorneys, you will have a whole legal team on your side to:

  • Conduct a comprehensive independent investigation of your accident.

  • Collect all official reports, medical documents, and documentation pertaining to the accident.

  • Determine the reasonable worth of your personal injury claim.

  • Maximize your settlement by negotiating with the insurance companies and their defense attorneys.

MASS TORTS

A “tort” is the official term for “unlawful conduct” that results in injury. Injured parties can initiate civil actions to obtain damages and compensation for their injuries. A “mass tort” is a single act of wrongdoing that injures numerous individuals. These harmed parties may file a single “mass tort” case against a single or more defendants. Product and pharmaceutical manufacturers are typical defendants in mass torts.

Our legal team has the energy, resources, and access to specialists necessary to deliver relevant testimony and evidence in cases involving complicated mass torts.

WRONGFUL DEATH

Few situations in life are more difficult than when a loved one dies prematurely, especially if it was avoidable due to the carelessness of another person.
In cases of wrongful death, the victim is frequently subjected to “fear of imminent death,” in which case further compensation is warranted.

Even though a deceased loved one who perished as a result of someone else’s negligence is no longer able to exact revenge, the guilty party is nonetheless responsible for the sorrow and suffering they caused. The law places a great emphasis on the period between the occurrence of an accident and the victim’s death, and with the assistance of an expert specialized in analyzing the specifics of the case, we will assist you in pursuing the maximum amount of compensation.

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