The Law Offices
of Jonathan Robert Nelson, P.C. have a wide range of experience in immigration law, as described below:
Political Asylum and Religious Asylum: Mr. Nelson began practicing
immigration law in 1989 with a political asylum case, when a partner at his
former firm asked him to represent an Honduran woman in deportation proceedings. Since then, refugee and asylum law have
remained an active interest of his practice. Mr. Nelson co-authored a report on the implementation of the Refugee Act of 1980 that was published in 1990 by the Lawyers'
Committee for Human Rights (now called Human Rights
First). He has also spoken on asylum law issues at conferences and panels organized by the American Bar Association, the Association
of the Bar of the City of New York, Cardozo Law School
and the Essex County (New Jersey) Bar Association, and spent
two weeks on the border working with the ProBAR
asylum representation project in Harlingen, Texas. The firm has represented asylees and applicants for political, ethnic,
social group and religious asylum from Albania,
Algeria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Colombia, Egypt,
El Salvador, Gambia, Greece,
Guatemala, Guinea (Conakry), Honduras,
Iran, Iraq, Jordan,
Kabardino-Balkaria, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liberia, Montenegro, Nicaragua,
Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda,
Senegal, Serbia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
As a civil litigator and appellate lawyer who is also an immigration lawyer, Mr. Nelson
is well-qualified to take "already-lost" asylum cases to the federal courts of appeal, through a process known as a “petition for review.” A judicial appeal affords an opportunity to correct an immigration
judge's errors, including denials of due process, failure to consider favorable evidence presented at the asylum hearing,
and mistakes in reasoning. It may also be desirable to identify any omissions in the alien’s presentation to
the immigration judge and Board of Immigration Appeals, and to try to remedy these gaps in the record through a motion to
reconsider or reopen the proceedings before the Board. For more information about recent asylum and removal cases, Click here:
Employment-Related visas: The firm has
obtained appropriate immigrant and non-immigrant visas for managers, executives, specialty-occupation employees, performers,
multinational transferees, essential skill employees, business visitors, treaty-investors, trainees, religious workers, and
researchers. Mr. Nelson has provided immigration representation to numerous corporations with offices or operations
in the United States.
Immigrant Entrepreneurs: This firm has obtained "employment creation"
immigrant visas for aliens who have made substantial investments in a United States business. Business investments frequently
involve legal questions that go beyond the immigration (or litigation) context and this firm works with legal and accounting
professionals in related fields to see that the client's needs are fully served in these cases.
Visas: This firm handles family-related visa petitions and applications of all kinds, including applications for
waivers, when necessary. This firm has also successfully obtained permanent residency for clients under the provisions
of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Naturalization: The firm represents permanent resident
aliens who wish to become United States citizens, as well as citizens who have had their passports revoked.
The firm represents aliens who are in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and the Board
of Immigration Appeals.
Mr. Nelson has given presentations on U.S. immigration law topics to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Cardozo
Law School; the Interamerican Bar Association; the Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Argentina); the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association; New York City's Center for Christian Studies; and as a featured guest of the Andy Anderson Show on WMCA Radio. Mr. Nelson's web outline on the subject of a Christian approach to immigration reform has been published
online by the Witherspoon Society. Mr.
Nelson speaks the Spanish and French languages proficiently and has represented many non-English-speaking clients
with great success.