Jonathan Robert Nelson has 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 applicants for political, ethnic, social group and religious asylum from Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, BulgariaBurmaColombia, Egypt, El SalvadorGambiaGreece, Guatemala, Guinea (Conakry), Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kabardino-Balkaria, KazakhstanKenya, LatviaLiberia, Madagascar, Montenegro, Moldova, NepalNicaraguaNigeria, PakistanRussiaRwanda, Senegal, Serbia, SudanSyria, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yugoslavia.

 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. Numerous organizations have submitted amicus briefs in support of clients of this office (for example, see 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.

Family-Related 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.

Removal: The firm represents aliens who are in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals, and files petitions for review of final orders of removal to the United States Courts of Appeal (for example, 
see here).

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; the 
Christian Legal Society's annual conference; the New York City chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the National Press Club; 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 has testified as a knowledgeable immigration lawyer in federal court.  Mr. Nelson speaks the Spanish and French languages proficiently and has represented many non-English-speaking clients.

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Telephone: (212) 382-4301 Facsimile: (212) 382-4319

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Telephone: (212) 382-4301


Jonathan Robert Nelson, Esq., a partner in NELSON MADDEN BLACK LLP