Navigating The Complexities Of Immigration Law
Immigration law does not only affect individuals wishing to enter the United States, it also affects U.S. citizens. Attorney Stephen Katz helps clients navigate the intricacies of immigration law, including issues involving children governed by The Hague Convention. He also works with clients who have entered into a fraudulent marriage in order to get around U.S. immigration laws, either knowingly or as a victim.
These are areas where immigration law and criminal law intersect, so working with an immigration lawyer who is well-versed in criminal defense is an advantage to clients. Attorney Katz understands that any case involving immigration law can be intimidating and stressful and works hard to protect his clients.
Hague Convention Violations
Designed to safeguard children and their families from illegal foreign adoptions, The Hague Convention includes protections to ensure that all intercountry adoptions are in the best interest of the child. It also serves to prevent the abduction, sale or trafficking of children. The United States recognizes more than 100 countries as Hague countries.
An important function of The Hague Convention is to protect one parent from a situation where the other parent takes a child to a different country, in effect kidnapping that child. Attorney Katz understands the complexities of The Hague Convention and will work to get a child back to the United States as well as defend clients if they find themselves facing Hague Convention violations.
Fraudulent Marriage Defense
The laws governing immigration based on marriage are strict. However, marriage is still one of the simplest paths to a green card, and that makes it a target for abuse. Coming to the United States through a fraudulent marriage is a serious federal crime. Penalties involve fines and jail time.
In many cases, both people in the relationship knowingly enter into a fraudulent marriage, but sometimes one individual is unwittingly part of a scheme to gain entry to the United States. Those who are victims of marriage fraud need to take action to prove they were not a willing participant. Attorney Katz defends those accused of marriage fraud as well as those who are victims of marriage fraud.