Ruchi Thaker, Immigration Attorney
I have been an immigration lawyer since 2002, and I focus exclusively on U.S. immigration law. My practice is limited to family-based immigration, naturalization, asylum, consular processing, motions and appeals to the BIA and Immigration Courts, and representation in Immigration Courts in deportation or removal proceedings. Because immigration law is federal law, I can represent clients in any state in the United States or abroad.
Experience with Deportation Cases
As an immigration lawyer, my goal has always been to provide the highest quality of legal representation to those facing deportation or other form of separation from family and loved ones. I have successfully helped hundreds of clients with their immigration cases, whether they were facing deportation for a simple immigration violation, such as entering the country unlawfully or overstaying a visa, to more complex situations involving criminal convictions. I have also represented clients in federal courts, at administrative interviews, and on appeals and motions before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. I always want to make sure that my clients fully understand how the current U.S. immigration laws apply to their specific case, because no two cases are ever the same. At the end of the day, my first priority is to make sure that my clients have the necessary and accurate information about their immigration case, what they can and should expect as they pursue their case, and how I can help with the process.
My Own Immigration Story
My interest in immigration law stems from my own personal experiences when I was growing up. I immigrated from India at the age of 9. Having gone through the U.S. immigration process myself, I discovered the countless difficulties and frustrations presented by the immigration system, the lack of accurate information available, and the delays caused in the administrative process. After going through that experience, I decided that I wanted to be an immigration lawyer and help others navigate through the complicated system of U.S. immigration laws. At Syracuse University College of Law, I focused my time and experience in learning immigration law, including volunteering at an immigration lawyer’s office, working at the Newark Immigration Court in New Jersey, and working at a Manhattan immigration law firm. Following my graduation from law school in 2002, I joined a fast-paced New York City immigration law firm, where I concentrated my efforts on deportation defense, family-based immigration, and federal court litigation.
In 2007, I started my own law practice, which first evolved into the law firm of Thaker Berowitz LLP, and now the Law Office of Ruchi Thaker.
Immigration Litigation Success
I have successfully litigated numerous groundbreaking immigration cases in federal courts that have affected not only the lives of my clients, but the lives of hundreds of other immigrants who are able to benefit from the successful litigation. In Ashley v. Ridge, 288 F.Supp.2d 662 (D.N.J. Oct. 29, 2003), the court struck down the government’s “automatic stay” of an immigration judge’s grant of a bond to a detained client, who was allowed to post a bond and released while his immigration case was pending. In Zmijewska v. Gonzales, 426 F.3d 99 (2d Cir. 2005), the court declared that an alien is not subject to the 10-year bar for failing to leave the country under voluntary departure, if she was not aware of the voluntary departure order through no fault of her own. Finally, in Matter of Zmijewska, 24 I. & N. Dec. 87 (BIA 2007), the Board of Immigration Appeals, acting on an order of the federal court, ruled that an alien has not voluntarily failed to depart the United States when the alien, through no fault of his or her own, was unaware of the voluntary departure order or was physically unable to depart within the time granted. Litigating these cases proved challenging, but rewarding, because at the end of the day, my clients benefited from the hard-fought battle with the government.
I am licensed to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, but because immigration law is federal I can represent any immigrant in any state in the United States or abroad. I am also licensed to practice in federal courts, including in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern districts of New York, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits. I am an active member of both the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. In addition to my dedication to my clients, I have volunteered my time to judge law school competitions, and to lecture on immigration law at Hunter College in New York City.
In 2013, I was chosen as one of only 81 immigration lawyers in the New York City area to be listed as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2011 and 2012, I was named a “Rising Star” attorney by the magazine.