Law Offices of Ala Amoachi & Associates, P.C.

Law Offices of Ala Amoachi & Associates, P.C.

We are a law firm that focuses on U.S. Immigration Law, including deportation defense, family visas, and special immigrant juveniles, and much more.

Call us today to make an appointment at: (631) 647-9701 Our staff is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Law Offices of Ala Amoachi & Associates, P.C. updated their website address. 08/17/2021

Law Offices of Ala Amoachi & Associates, P.C. updated their website address.

Law Offices of Ala Amoachi & Associates, P.C. updated their website address.

federalregister.gov 09/28/2020

Continuation of Documentation for Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status Designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan

Alerta: El TPS para los salvadoreños no puede terminarse antes del 14 de septiembre de 2021.

USCIS declaró en un aviso público lo siguiente: La determinación del Secretario de terminar el TPS para El Salvador entrará en vigencia no antes de 365 días a partir de la emisión de cualquier mandato de apelación para el juzgado de distrito de Ramos.

Dado que el "mandato de apelación" se emitió el 14 de septiembre de 2020, el DHS no puede rescindir el TPS para El Salvador hasta el 14 de septiembre de 2021.

Alert: TPS for Salvadorans cannot be terminated before September 14, 2021.

USCIS stated in a public notice the following: "The Secretary's determination to terminate TPS for El Salvador will take effect no earlier than 365 days from the issuance of any appellate mandate to the Ramos district court."

Since the "appeal mandate" was issued on September 14, 2020, DHS cannot rescind TPS for El Salvador by September 14, 2021.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/04/2019-24047/continuation-of-documentation-for-beneficiaries-of-temporary-protected-status-designations-for-el

federalregister.gov Through this notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces actions to ensure its continued compliance with the preliminary injunction orders of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Ramos, et al. v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3,...

[09/25/20]   Hemos abierto la oficina para consultas en persona con precauciones de seguridad. Las personas que deseen tener una consulta deben llamar para programar una cita al (631) 647-6701. Por lo general, no se permite la entrada al edificio a más de una persona a la vez.

Para todas las demás transacciones, ahora tenemos una ventana de servicio para obtener firmas e intercambiar documentos y realizamos la mayor parte de nuestra preparación por teléfono. Reanudamos la toma de fotografías de pasaporte en la oficina.

Estamos comprometidos a brindar un servicio excelente mientras mantenemos la salud de los empleados y clientes en vista de la pandemia.

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We have opened the office for in-person consultations with safety precautions. Individuals who wish to have a consultation must call to schedule an appointment at (631) 647-6701. Generally more than one person at a time is not allowed to enter the building.

For all other transactions, we now have a service window to obtain signatures and exchange documents and we conduct most of our preparation telephonically. We resumed the capturing of passport photos in the office.

We are committed to providing excellent service while maintaining the health of employees and clients in view of the pandemic.

[03/18/20]   En vista de la emergencia de salud internacional (COVID-19), nuestra oficina esta dedicada a mantener la salud de todos empleados para poder continuar trabajar por medio de nuestros clientes.

Entonces, nosotros no dejamos que clientes entran sin citas aseguradas. Por cualquier motivo, clientes tienen que llamar la oficina a 631-647-9701 para hacer una cita telefonicamente antes de su llegada. Ademas, clientes con citas no pueden entrar si tienen cualquier simptomas como tos y fiebre.

Todas agencias de inmigracion sospendieron citas personales, cortes, entrevistas, capturas de huellas, y cortes del estado de Nueva York sospendieron cortes cual no son de emergencia. Nosotros intentamos de solucionar todo telefonicamente cual no require la presencia fisica de un cliente. Estamos tambien pendiente de nuestro celular de la oficina, 631-332-5126.

Gracias por su atencion y entendimiento.

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In view of the international health emergency, COVID-19, our office is dedicated to maintaining the health of all employees to be capable of continuing to work on behalf of our clients.

Therefore, we will not allow clients to enter the office without a scheduled appointment. For any reason, clients must call the office at 631-647-9701 to schedule an appointment by phone prior to arrival. Further, clients cannot enter with any symptoms of illness such as cough or fever.

All immigration agencies suspended personal appointments, biometrics, courts, and New York state courts suspended non-emergency court hearings. We intend to resolve everything that does not require your physical presence telephonically. We will also be monitoring our office cell phone, 631-332-5126.

Thank you for your attention and understanding.

amjolaw.com 03/17/2019

Class Action Victory! R.F.M. v Nielsen

On March 15, 2019 Federal Judge John G. Koetl granted the class action lawsuit, R.F.M. v. Nielsen, and ordered the government to stop denying the Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases of children between the ages of 18 and 20 in New York. After a year of denials of these cases, we finally have victory. There will be a proposed injunction on March 22, with the government's response by March 29. We are looking forward to approvals in April onward!

El 15 de marzo de 2019, el juez federal John G. Koetl otorgó la demanda colectiva, R.F.M. v. Nielsen, y ordenó al gobierno que deje de negar los Casos Juveniles Especiales para Inmigrantes de niños entre 18 y 20 años en Nueva York. Después de un año de negaciones de estos casos, finalmente tenemos la victoria. Habrá una propuesta de interdicción el 22 de marzo, con la respuesta del gobierno antes del 29 de marzo. ¡Esperamos con interés las aprobaciones a partir de abril!

https://amjolaw.com/2019/03/17/class-action-victory-r-f-m-v-nielsen/

amjolaw.com Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is a remedy for immigrant children who are under the age of 21, and have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one or both parents. The remedy is dependent on ea…

11/08/2018

www.courts.state.ny.us

Congratulations to Ala Amoachi and Bruno Bembi for win on an appeal of an unjust denial by Nassau County Family Court Judge Daly-Sapraicone.

"Thereafter, the child submitted an I-360 petition for SIJS to USCIS. Although the I-360 petition was initially approved, USCIS thereafter advised the child of its intention to “revoke the approval” based upon certain deficiencies in the special findings order. The child then moved to amend the special findings order to address the deficiencies, and the father joined in the motion. In an order dated February 26, 2018, the Family Court denied the motion to amend the special findings order. The father appeals from the order dated February 26, 2018.

Under the circumstances presented, we deem it appropriate to amend the special findings order to clarify that the basis for the Family Court’s exercise of jurisdiction over this custody proceeding is under New York State law pursuant to Family Court Act § 651(a). We also deem it appropriate to amend the special findings order to specify that it would not be in the best interests of the child to be returned to El Salvador because the mother is unable to protect the child from harm by gang members in El Salvador, who have made threats of violence against him (see Matter of Juan R.E.M. [Juan R.E.], 154 AD3d at 727). Since the special findings order set forth the basis for its finding that reunification of the child with the mother was not viable on the ground of parental neglect, stating that the mother “failed to financially provide for the child’s basic[] needs and educationally neglected him for 4 years,” we do not deem it necessary to amend that finding, except to clarify that the basis for that finding was under New York State law (see Family Ct Act §1012[f][i][A])."

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/ad2/Handdowns/2018/Decisions/D57163.pdf

courts.state.ny.us

[09/01/18]   We are proud to be the attorneys for Marta Amaya, the daughter of Rufina Amaya, survivor of the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.

Estamos orgullosos de ser los abogados de Marta Amaya, la hija de Rufina Amaya, sobreviviente de la masacre de El Mozote en El Salvador.

https://elfaro.net/es/201808/el_salvador/22384/La-estirpe-de-Rufina-Amaya-continúa-huyendo-de-El-Salvador.htm

https://www.google.com/amp/s/laopinion.com/2018/08/29/otorgan-asilo-a-la-hija-de-rufina-amaya-unica-sobreviviente-de-el-mozote/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/mundo/amp/noticias-america-latina-45380203

01/04/2018

Identificación de oficiales de la unidad de pandillas NY ICE HSI

https://amjolaw.com/2017/12/13/identificacion-de-oficiales-de-la-unidad-de-pandillas-ny-ice-hsi/

amjolaw.com Los siguientes oficiales pertenecen a la unidad de pandillas de ICE HSI en Nueva York. Estos agentes rutinariamente arrestan y detienen a inmigrantes sin evidencia de pertenecer a una pandilla o es…

10/19/2017

www.courts.state.ny.us

We won an important appeal recently on a case where a Family Court Judge dismissed a special immigrant juvenile motion without considering the best interests of the child.
“The Family Court, in two orders, both dated December 1, 2016, denied the motion without a hearing and dismissed the guardianship petition “for failure to produce required documentation” and “for failure to prosecute.” The mother appeals from the order dismissing the guardianship petition.

Contrary to the Family Court’s determination, there is no express requirement to submit documentation pertaining to the Office of Children and Family Services in a proceeding such as this pursuant to Family Court Act § 661(a) for “[g]uardianship of the person of a minor or infant” (cf. Family Ct Act § 661[b]; SCPA 1704[8]). Consequently, it was improper for the court to dismiss the petition based on the mother’s “failure to produce required documentation.” Further, under the circumstances of this case, it was improper for the court to dismiss the petition “for failure to prosecute” (see CPLR 3216; Matter of Brudasca v Cottone, 110 AD3d 1067).

Accordingly, since the Family Court dismissed the guardianship petition and denied the mother’s motion without conducting a hearing or considering the child’s best interests, the matter must be remitted to the Family Court, Nassau County, for a hearing and a new determination thereafter of the petition and the motion (see Matter of Jimenez v Perez, 144 AD3d 1036, 1037).“

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/ad2/Handdowns/2017/Decisions/D53658.pdf

courts.state.ny.us

aclunc.org 08/11/2017

ACLU Challenges Trump Administration’s Jailing of Immigrant Teens

We are the immigration lawyers for one of the Plaintiffs, F.E.
"Attorneys representing immigrant children and their families sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) today for using unsubstantiated claims of gang affiliation to illegally detain teenagers in jail-like facilities in California. The lead plaintiffs, who seek to represent a broader class, lived in Suffolk County, New York, where two weeks ago President Trump gave a speech endorsing police brutality against people suspected of gang violence."
https://www.aclunc.org/news/aclu-challenges-trump-administration-s-jailing-immigrant-teens

aclunc.org The lawsuit charges that federal authorities – under the guise of a “crackdown” on transnational street gangs – are embarking on a concerted effort to detain and deport children based on unreliable claims of gang affiliation and flawed reports of criminal history.

[08/22/16]   Amoachi & Johnson is seeking an attorney or law graduate to join our team. Must be at least conversational in the Spanish language and have a passion for human rights work.

If interested, you may forward your resume to [email protected].

latinorebels.com 04/27/2016

President Obama Honors Thomas Homan for Jailing and Deporting Toddlers

"He is really being awarded for his loyal ex*****on of Obama’s orders to detain (illegally) and deport (illegally and deprived of due process) refugee children and families fleeing war in Central America.

Indeed, in that same Senate hearing referred to in the Post’s article, Homan stated that he had '129 fugitive operation teams out there every day” who are working on “thousands of leads on unaccompanied children who have final orders issued by the immigration courts.'

The total number of ICE fugitive operations teams is 129.
Therefore, Homan appears to have admitted under oath that his agency has assigned all of its 129 fugitive operations teams to exclusively seek out the arrest of unaccompanied children and families for deportation."
See more at: http://www.latinorebels.com/2016/04/27/president-obama-honors-thomas-homan-for-jailing-and-deporting-toddlers/#sthash.bnYgk66i.dpuf

latinorebels.com When will the mainstream media actually report the truth?

change.org 04/20/2016

Stop the unfair deportation of a minor

Please sign and share this petition for our minor client, who ICE continues to detain despite a pending green card application based on special immigrant juvenile status.

por favor firma y comparte este petición por nuestro cliente, quien está detenido por ICE a pesar de tener una aplicación pendiente por la residencia basada en una visa juvenile!

change.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seems to be at war with Central American kids seeking refuge from the murderous gangs and daily violence in their home countries. Thousands of juveniles are being forced to face the broken U.S. immigration system, many without any legal representation, which…

slideshare.net 03/30/2016

Chief Immigration Judge responds to demand to stop expediting childre…

"Through the memorandum EOIR realigned its dockets and refocused immigration court resources. Conceming cases of unaccompanied minors, EOIR has now changed the guidelines for the scheduling of a first hearing because the agency determined, consistent with some of the concerns you have raised, that the deadlines previously in place did not promote efficiency in the immigration courts."
http://www.slideshare.net/abogadobryan/chief-immigration-judge-responds-to-demand-to-stop-expediting-children-deportations

slideshare.net Chief Immigration Judge Michal C. McGoings's response to our January 19, 2016 request to cease prioritizing the deportation of children.

news.vice.com 03/17/2016

A Deported Central American Family Can Now Return to the US to Seek Asylum | VICE News

"Now, in an unprecedented turn, the US government is allowing the Olivas to return to the country to fight for asylum once again, on the grounds that they did not receive adequate legal representation. They are the first Central American family to be given such an opportunity after deportation, and Oliva's attorney says many more families could qualify."

https://news.vice.com/article/a-deported-central-american-family-can-now-return-to-the-us-to-seek-asylum

news.vice.com Honduran teen mom Lilian Oliva and her child had been deported after she tried to kill herself in desperation, but now the government is letting them come back to seek asylum as persecuted refugees.

mcclatchydc.com 03/11/2016

Deported teen mom who attempted su***de will return to the United States

Nuestros clientes van a regresar a los estados unidos!
"A teenage mother who was deported to Honduras after attempting su***de will return to the United States to continue her asylum case, according to her lawyer.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article65343597.html#storylink=cpy
The Department of Homeland Security will allow Lilian Oliva Bardales, who is now 20, and her 5-year-old son to return to the United States after the highest immigration court ruled that Oliva did not receive effective legal counsel during the eight months she was held at a south Texas family detention center."

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article65343597.html#storylink=cpy

mcclatchydc.com A teenage mother who was deported to Honduras after attempting su***de and her five-year-old son will return to the United States to continue her asylum case. It’s a major development following the controversy that surrounded her removal last summer. It could also make it easier for other deported m…

03/09/2016

Matter of Fatima J. A. J. (Ana A. J. S. -- Carlos E. A. F.) (2016 NY Slip Op 01673)

El día de hoy, la corte de la división de apelaciones en New York revirtió una orden negativa dada en un caso de Visa Juvenil por un juez familiar y aprobó los hallazgos de la orden especial que nosotros propusimos. Hasta este momento nos mantenemos invencibles en casos de visa juvenil.

Today the NY appellate division reversed a family court judge's denial of SIJS and granted special findings. We remain undefeated on SIJS cases.

http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2016/2016_01673.htm

www.nycourts.gov Appeal from an order of the Family Court, Suffolk County (Martha L. Luft, J.), dated July 15, 2015. The order, after a hearing, in effect, denied the mother's motion for the issuance of an order, inter alia, making special findings so as to enable the subject child, Fatima J. A. J., to petition the…

[03/08/16]   We received green card approvals for 14 Central American children in mail today despite Obama's aggressive efforts to deport them. #Greencardnotdeportation.

Hoy recibimos aprobación de "Green Cards" por 14 niños de Centro America a pesar de los esfuerzos agresivos de Obama para deportarlos.

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