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Success Stories

Mr. Nicelli has represented a number of clients who attended their Visa appointments in their home countries and were denied Visas due to previous unlawful presence in the U.S., lying to the Consular Office as to their mode of arrival in the U.S., failure to reveal previous arrest, as well as previous Orders of Removal.

I have noted a few of these stories below:

  • In 2017, I represented a native and citizen of Montenegro who entered the U.S. using a Slovanian passport for which she paid nearly ten thousand dollars. For the fee charged she was escorted by a man from Montenegro to Germany and to the U.S. Upon arrival she presented the Slovanian passport with her escort and was admitted into the U.S. pursuant to the Visa waiver program. After entering the U.S., the client eventually married the love of her life and had four U.S. citizen children. After her husband became a U.S. citizen, she sought to correct her immigration status. Her representative told her that they would file the Visa petition as well as a I-601A provisional waiver to be forgiven for unlawful presence. After the petition and waiver were approved the client was told if anyone asked how she arrived in the U.S. to just state through Canada. As instructed the client went to her Visa appointment in Belgrade and upon inquiry told the Counselor Office that she had crossed the border through Canada. Upon further questioning the Counselor officer told her that her Visa was being denied because he did not believe her story. I was retained shortly after the Visa was denied. After considering the entire situation I filed a Visa Waiver application for misrepresentation. When the waiver application was submitted it contained nearly one thousand pages of supporting documents demonstrating the hardship that had already resulted to the applicant’s husband and minor children. The waiver was approved and within three weeks of receiving that approval the client arrived in the U.S. as a Permanent Resident. After her arrival the client called and said Mr. Nicelli there are no words that could express my gratitude for all you did for me and my family.
  • In 2015 I was retained by a U.S. citizen whose husband had been deported to Albania. He had been placed in Removal proceedings due to an arrest involving a stolen car. He also had three other minor arrests. After appearing before an Immigration Judge he was ordered removed. An appeal was then filed with the Board of Immigration Appeals who also denied the Appeal. The client then retained a lawyer to represent him in the Second Circuit Court in New York for which he paid ten thousand dollars upfront. This appeal was also denied. Shortly thereafter Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents appeared at the client’s home, took him into custody, detained him for approximately one month and had him removed to Albania. When his wife contacted me, she was extremely distraught at the removal of her husband. I explained to her that we would first have to file a Visa petition. Once the Visa petition was approved, we then filed a waiver for the Order of Removal. Once this waiver was approved, he was then scheduled for a Visa appointment. However, a Visa had to be denied because he needed a second waiver for his criminal past. Mr. Nicelli was able to demonstrate that the crimes all took place when the client was a teenager at a time in his life when he was unduly influenced by some bad people who conspired with him to commit misdeeds. In addition, his wife was about to have a nervous breakdown all of which was documented. After the submission of hundreds of pages of supporting documents, the waiver was approved and the client joined his wife in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident.
  • Adjustment of Status
    I contacted Mr. Nicelli to represent me after I became a Lawful Permanent Resident through my husband and travelled to Poland after obtaining my green card. I had lived in the US since 1988 and had two children born to our marriage. Upon returning ...
  • Permanent Residency
    I am an American citizen who was born in the U.S. and married a Polish man who had overstayed his Visa. When we retained our first lawyer my husband told him that he had been arrested in Poland a few years earlier for fighting in a bar. My husband is ...
  • Permanent Residency
    I entered the U.S. with my two minor children ages four and six after I presented myself to the U.S. Border Patrol at the Texas/Mexico border. At the time I had left my husband who was the father of my two children after his repeated verbal and ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    I was sponsored through a job to obtain my green card in January 2001. I had already lived in the U.S. for more than five years. After entering the U.S. through the Mexico/Arizona Border. Having been born in Mexico and living in poverty with no ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    In 2019 I retained Mr. Nicelli after entering the U.S. with a Tourist Visa more than thirty years ago. I eventually met a man who I had a tumultuous relationship with and later gave birth to a baby. Unfortunately, the father of my child not only ...
  • U.S. Citizenship
    I was born in Brazil and entered the U.S. in 2003 by crossing the U.S./Mexico border near Texas. Shortly after entering I was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol, detained, and placed in Removal proceedings. When I consulted with Mr. Nicelli in the ...
  • Certificate of Citizenship
    In another recent case a N-600 application was filed by Mr. John Nicelli for a client in order to obtain a certificate of Citizenship. The applicant who had a felony conviction was previously found by an Immigration Judge to be a U.S. citizen. At the ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    In the summer of 2008, a Polish Immigrant came to see Mr. John Nicelli with his twenty year old son. He showed John Nicelli a decision denying his I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition and a denial of the appeal filed with to the Administrative Appeals ...
  • Adjustment of Status / Cancellation of Removal
    In January, 2008, an Italian citizen recently married was traveling with his U.S. citizen wife on an Amtrak train from Chicago to New York City. Although being married to a citizen, the Immigrant had not filed to obtain a Legal Status in the U.S. As ...
  • Labor Certification
    A very interesting case was successfully handled by Mr. John A. Nicelli, involving a Labor Certification filed by a contractor. At the time the labor certification was filed, the position was for that of a secretary. After the labor certification ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    In the spring of 2009 a Dominican immigrant came to Mr.John Nicelli, who had already been married to a U.S. citizen. The problem was that the Dominican immigrant had been in the U.S. for many years and had traveled to the Dominican Republic after ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    In the spring of 2009 a Dominican immigrant came to Mr.John Nicelli, who had already been married to a U.S. citizen. The problem was that the Dominican immigrant had been in the U.S. for many years and had traveled to the Dominican Republic after ...
  • The Employee Was Successfully Sponsored
    Labor Certification
    A labor certification application was filed on behalf of an Irish immigrant who was a civil engineer. He had been offered employment by an employer whose work involves primarily sub terrorism industrial work including tunnel and subway platforms. The ...
  • Staten Island Academy Student's Mom Saved From Deportation
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – TODT HILL – In a season chock-full of stories with happy endings, a Staten Island mom was saved in the "nick"of time from being deported, thanks in part to caring faculty and staff at Staten Island Academy. Academy parent ...
  • A 'Hardship'
    When Mrs. Pudeliewicz shared the family's Immigration problems with Academy staffer Annette Fevola, she was referred to Mr.Nicelli, whose daughter, Natalie, is a senior. In order for Mrs. Pudelkiewicz to win the case, Nicelli explained, he had to ...
  • The Individual Became a U.S. Citizen
    Naturalization
    In 2004 a Mexican National was sponsored by his employer as a maintenance mechanic. Before completion of his Visa processing, the company was sold. Fortunately, Mr.Nicelli was able to convince the new employer to continue with the sponsorship of the ...
  • Permanent Residence Was Granted
    I-601 Waiver
    In 1996 an Indian National was brought to the U.S. by a smuggler who made arrangements for him to fly to the Dominican Republic. After he arrived in the Dominican Republic he boarded a boat that was loaded with other smuggled passengers, which was to ...
  • Conditional Residence
    Mr. John A. Nicelli represented a Polish Citizen who was married to a U.S. citizen and lived in a bonafide relationship. The Polish citizen (female) had met her husband in Poland and had attended High School together. Some years later they ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    Mr. John Nicelli represented two clients from Trinidad, both who were sponsored as Religious Workers before April 30,2001., Unfortunately after their petitions were submitted to the U.S. Immigration Authorities by two different Religious ...
  • All 3 Individuals Are Applying for Residence
    Deportation / Bond
    In January 2011 Mr.John A.Nicelli Esq. represented three (3) Mexican Nationals who live in New Jersey and had driven cross country to Washington State in order to obtain a driver’s license. On the return trip back the vehicle was stopped in Grand ...
  • U.S. Residence
    An Italian Citizen was sponsored through his job in order to obtain his permanent residence. Despite a number of issues concerning the employer, the U.S. depart. of labor approved the labor certification application. Once the labor certification ...
  • Hardship Waiver
    In the year 2008 a citizen of India was arrested in New Jersey for attempting to purchase a U.S. birth certificate in order to obtain a drivers license. At the time this Indian citizen worked in a grocery store and knew the person selling the birth ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    A citizen of Yemen retained my services concerning the denial of his application for adjustment of status. This man was married to a U.S. citizen at the time of his original interview and it was determined that his divorce which he obtained in Yemen ...
  • Naturalization
    In 2008 a client filed for Naturalization without the assistance of an attorney. In January 2009 he was interviewed concerning his application for Naturalization. At the interview he informed the examiner that he had been arrested in 1967 for a minor ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    In the summer of 2008 a Mexican National came to John A.Nicelli with a Denial notice of his I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition. After an evaluation of the employers Tax returns, Mr. John Nicelli realized that the employer was a sole proprietor and filed ...
  • Cancellation of Removal
    The applicant came to Mr. John A. Nicelli Esq., because his employer promised to sponsor him as an iron worker. After speaking with the employer he assured me that he wanted to help his employee and that he had more than sufficient income to pay the ...
  • Removal of Conditional Residence
    A female Polish citizen who was also a Canadian citizen came to Mr. Nicelli after her application for removal of conditional residence was denied. She was previously represented by a polish speaking lawyer who had filed an appeal of the decision ...
  • Cancellation of Removal
    In the spring of 2010 a Polish couple came to Mr. John Nicelli after being placed in removal proceedings. The female spouse was sponsored through a job and the husband and wife were awaiting the final review of their applications for adjustment of ...
  • I-140 Visa Petition
    Mr. John A. Nicelli Esq., filed an I-140 visa petition for an individual whose labor certification was approved. The position was for a Italian Style cook. The original petition was denied claiming that the employer did not have sufficient funds to ...
  • Labor Certification
    Mr. John Nicelli filed a number of Labor certifications for a Marble and Granite Co. The position was that of a Stone Polisher. The wage for the position was twelve dollars per hour. After submission of the labor certification under Pre-Perm ...
  • Adjustment of Status / Cancelation of Removal
    In the year 1996 a Polish national was represented by an attorney who has since been disbarred. The attorney withdrew the immigrants’ application for suspension of Deportation and told her to accept an order of voluntary departure. Since the ...
  • Labor Certification Application / I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition / Adjustment of Status
    In early 2001, Mr. John Nicelli was contacted by an employer whom he knew for a number of years. The employer wanted to help a homeless man who was living in an abandoned car outside the employer's business. Despite the man's economic situation John ...
  • Labor Certification Application / I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition
    A Mexican immigrant came to Mr. John Nicelli after his employer agreed to file a Labor Certification on his behalf. The problem was that the alien was paid cash and the employer didn't declare a tremendous amount of income. The immigrant and his wife ...
  • Adjustment of Status
    Adjustment of Status with drastic age difference between the petitioner and the immigrant, Mr. John Nicelli has successfully handled a number of Adjustment of Status applications where the U.S. citizen petitioner was more than (30) years-older than ...