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Administration Proposes Significant Changes to Deportation Orders & Delaying Path to Citizenship

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A number of proposed and permanent regulations released in late February will affect the ability for immigrants to obtain citizenship green cards and visas. First, one proposed regulation would increase the cost to go to court to challenge deportation orders by nearly tenfold to $1,000, making deportation appeals much more difficult. The same proposal… Read More »

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Federal Judge “Slaps Down” USCIS in H-1B Visa Rejection, Opening The Door to Employers & Others Challenging Arbitrary Immigration Decisions

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In March, a federal judge ruled that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) illegally denied a H-1B petition submitted by an employer company. This is the very first decision whereby a federal judge has found that an interpretation by the agency was not entitled to deference, and will arguably now allow a number of… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Public Charge Rule to Go into Effect for Green Card Applicants: What This Means

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In January, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to move forward with its proposal to deny green cards (or permanent legal status) to immigrants who could end up using certain public benefit programs such as food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid. The court’s order lifted preliminary injunctions placed on the proposal, however, challenges… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Removes Last Obstacle To Rule That Reshapes Immigration

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late February, as the US Supreme Court removed the last remaining hurdle to (or injunction against) the Trump administration‘s ability to implement the public charge rule and deny immigrants admission or residency in the United States if they could come to depend on public assistance programs, Justice Sotomayor issued a scathing dissent castigating… Read More »

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Trump Administration Unleashes New Rule That Will Likely Make All Visitor Visas More Difficult to Obtain

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to recent reports, the Trump administration is coming out with a new rule to try and prevent pregnant women from gaining citizenship, a phenomenon some in the administration refer to as “birth tourism.” The new rule is expected to serve as a test for the administration to find out how much legal authority… Read More »

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Federal Government Experiences Setbacks in Anti-Immigration Policies Here In New York, But Can the Courts Keep Up with The Administration?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Federal courts in New York have recently blocked a number of the current administration’s attempts at circumventing immigration laws from going into effect. Specifically, they most recently blocked the policy that would have cracked down on immigrants who rely on benefit programs, such as Medicare; finding that too many procedural corners were cut and… Read More »

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Federal Immigration Policy Proposed Is Legally Problematic

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

The federal government recently announced a new immigration policy that purportedly makes it much harder for certain low-income immigrants to come to and remain in the United States, especially those who have used public benefits. The policy is known as the “public charge rule,” as it makes it more difficult for someone to become… Read More »

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"... Mr. Cohen's effort... in everything he has done before the Court, is A-Plus... [R]ecently, in another case... [before me], the result he achieved for his client... was quite impressive." Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"So I have very sophisticated counsel here and, Mr. Cohen, [your client] is very fortunate in having you as his attorney, and I hope he appreciates that." – Quote from the Honorable Denise L. Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on May 9, 2014.


"As Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer who has tried cases throughout the city and was a prosecutor in the Bronx, pointed out, there is a saying among defense lawyers in New York." – As provided in the New York Times City Room Blog.

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