Rhode Island Immigration Law
In a deportation case, our goal is the termination of proceedings or cancellation of removal. For clients on a visa or overstay status, our goal is the adjustment of status to that of a lawful residence. For clients interested in naturalization to achieve citizenship, we work to ensure a speedy and successful application process.
We have successfully terminated deportation proceedings and received orders of cancellation at immigration courts throughout the United States.
We have successfully helped our clients obtain lawful permanent residence or citizenship despite a visa overstay, an illegal entry or having a prior criminal record. For an example of cases handled by Attorneys Larochelle or MacDonald, please see our results page.
Rhode Island Immigration Attorneys
The Law Office of John E. MacDonald guarantees that our lawyers will take the time to completely explain why we are pursuing a legal avenue on your behalf. We will explain the strengths and weaknesses of your legal matter from the beginning. We will regularly update you on your case. You will never complete a discussion with one of our attorneys and not have the answer to your question or a plan and time frame to obtain the answer.
We are available to our clients twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. We frequently answer emails after hours, on weekends, and while on vacation. We love what we do and we love to win. We encourage you to consider a complimentary consultation, wherein you will notice, first hand, the professionalism, competence and dedication we have to offer in resolving your family court situation.
Areas of Concentration in Immigration:
- Deportation Defense
- Adjustment of Status
- Permanent Residence
- US Citizenship
- Post-Conviction relief
Call the Rhode Island Immigration Attorneys at The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. at 401-421-1440 or EMAIL us today.
Results achieved by the Immigration Attorneys of The Law Office of John E. MacDonald, Inc.:
- Client was ordered removed based upon a 1997 possession of cocaine conviction. Client was denied the ability to apply for cancellation on this conviction due to a 1982 breaking and entering charge that constituted an aggravated felony. Attorney MacDonald filed post-conviction relief in the 1997 matter. After a full hearing, the trial judge did not render a decision for over a year. Not willing to wait, Attorney MacDonald filed post-conviction in the 1982 matter and successfully amended the sentence so that it no longer constituted an aggravated felony. Client is now eligible to re-open the removal case and apply for cancellation.
- Client was detained by ICE authorities based upon a 2002 misdemeanor conviction for domestic assault. Despite being a long-term permanent resident of the United States who was eligible for cancellation of removal, he was detained by the Boston Immigration Court. Attorney MacDonald was retained to file post-conviction relief and vacate this conviction. Post-conviction relief was filed in July of 2012 and granted in September. Client was subsequently released by ICE and his case terminated.
- Client was already ordered removed based upon a Rhode Island conviction for felony assault when he hired the services of John MacDonald. His prior attorney made no effort to vacate this conviction which constituted an aggravated felony under federal immigration law. A petition for post-conviction relief was filed and granted by a Providence Superior Court judge four weeks later. A motion to say deportation was granted and the case was remanded to the Boston Immigration Court. Client was released after nearly nine months of custody.
- A client’s conviction for domestic assault in 2000 caught up with him 10 years later and placed him in removal proceedings in Florida. The client’s family had attempted to vacate the plea with another attorney but were unsuccessful. Attorney MacDonald was hired in April, 2011. A review of the plea colloquy showed that there were defects in violation of Rule 11 of the District Court Rules of Criminal Procedure. Post-conviction was filed in June, 2011 and granted in August, 2011. Client is now no longer subject to deportation and is now eligible to apply for citizenship.
- Testimonial from client’s wife: “What for years other lawyers said would be a definite deportation, and even the one that dared to try couldn’t do, John Macdonald delivered! His personal touch and “can do” attitude ensured that my husband’s case be vacated in the Rhode Island courts even though we lived in Florida. He worked with us every step of the way and we are now more than ever sure that justice exists! John, you are the best, God put you in our path when hope was lost and you delivered, our family will be forever grateful as you have given us the opportunity to remain together! God Bless You!!” Lee F.
- A client’s 2001 conviction for felony assault recently placed her in removal proceedings. Since her sentence was two years suspended, the conviction constituted an aggravated felony under immigration law. Even though she had been trouble free for ten years, she was locked up at the Bristol County House of Correction. The family went to see several attorneys who told her that she would be deported. Attorney MacDonald was hired in July, 2011. Post-conviction was filed and granted within 3 weeks. Client is now released from detention and her removal case will be terminated.
- Adjustment of Status: Client’s adjustment of status petition was granted after a 5 year delay. He had previously filed a labor certification petition with a now disbarred attorney. Client had to prove that his original labor certification was not fraudulent in order to grant his adjustment petition based upon his marriage to a U.S. citizen. Proved and granted.
- Vacated Charge: Client arrested and charged in 2002 with a Domestic Assault in RI that would have jeopardized his immigration status and rendered him subject to removal (deportation) and unable to achieve naturalization. Based upon the failure of the trial court to give him warning of this fact Immigration Attorney MacDonald was able to have the charge vacated.
- Permanent Residence: Client entered United States illegally at age of 9. After cancellation hearing, Immigration Judge grants permanent residence despite the presence of a criminal record.
- Permanent Residence:Client detained for deportation after overstaying student visa. Secured client’s release on bond and after adjustment hearing, client granted permanent residence.
- Permanent Residence: Client detained after overstaying tourist visa. Secured client’s release on bond and after adjustment hearing, client granted permanent residence.
- Vacated: Client plead guilty to Domestic Assault charge in 1997 not knowing this would lead to grounds for removal or deportation from the United States. Citing the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision of Padilla v. Kentucky Attorney MacDonald had the plea to domestic assault vacated in Providence Superior Court, and then re-opened and terminated the immigration case, stopping the deportation of client. State filed appeal to verdict. State of Rhode Island since withdrew its appeal rendering the termination of immigration case complete and the removal of client stopped.
- Post-Conviction Relief: Client a lawful permanent resident of the US detained by immigration authorities in Arizona due to previous criminal record. 2002 drug conviction vacated today based upon an application for post-conviction relief and client released from custody.
- Vacated: A decorated army veteran was denied citizenship based upon an aggravated felony conviction from 1998 (possession with intent to deliver marijuana). Post-conviction relief was filed and the plea and sentence were vacated. Client is now eligible to re-apply for citizenship.
- Vacated: Client detained for deportation on fraud charges. Successfully vacated the fraud charge in state court and secured client’s release from immigration custody. Filed and won the motion to terminate proceedings.Client detained for deportation on drug possession and domestic assault charges. Both charges vacated in state court and client released from immigration custody. Immigration proceedings terminated.
- Vacated: Client detained for deportation on food stamp fraud and shoplifting charges. All charges vacated in state court and client released from immigration custody. Immigration proceedings terminated.
- Vacated: Client fearful that four misdemeanor convictions could result in deportation. All charges vacated and dismissed. Client is now eligible for naturalization.
- Vacated: Client detained after naturalization interview because of four prior domestic convictions. All convictions vacated and client released from immigration custody. Immigration proceedings terminated.
- Permanent Residence: Client detained for felony assault charge which took place five years prior. Client granted cancellation of removal after hearing and allowed to remain in the United States as a lawful permanent resident. Client detained for aggravated felony conviction of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault. Conviction vacated in state court and removal case terminated.
- Vacated: Client represents himself in the Boston Immigration Court and is ordered deported for domestic assault conviction. Family retains our services. Conviction vacated in state court and removal case re-opened and terminated.
- Vacated: Client represented by other counsel is ordered deported for a domestic vandalism conviction. Family retains our services. Conviction is vacated in state court and removal case re-opened and terminated.
Call the Rhode Island Immigration Law Firm of The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. at 401-421-1440 today.