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Referral guidelines:

  • Vacatur of plea/sentence reduction must clearly improve immigration situation (e.g., avoid deportation, remove bar to green card, make eligible for discretionary relief/waiver, etc.)
  • No more than one felony conviction requiring 440 relief, or two misdemeanors/violations (unless case presents extremely unusual equities). Separate cases resolved at one hearing count as one conviction.
  • If sentence date on problematic conviction was prior to March 31, 2010, and lawyer failed to advise (as opposed to misadvice), client must currently have significant equities and/or another viable legal claim to overcome non-retroactivity hurdle.
  • If client lacks lawful status, s/he must have an articulable path to lawful/stable status.
  • It is possible to refer trial cases if you can identify a reasonable alternative disposition that defense counsel could have negotiated.
  • If your client has an open criminal case, and is either not in proceedings or not detained, please wait to refer for a 440 motion on a prior conviction until s/he resolves the open case. If your client is in proceedings and detained with an open criminal case, do not wait to refer for a 440 motion. In that event, disclose the open case on the referral form, and describe the anticipated disposition and its impact on the 440 motion.
  • You must provide all dispositions and/or criminal history report for your client, as well as the court file and minutes for the conviction requiring PCR.

PCR Referral Form
Intake Received Via
Attorney First Name
Attorney Last Name*
Your Email
Your Phone
Organization Name
Client First Name
Client Last Name
Client Date of Birth
Client Country of Birth
Alien Number
Client Date of Entry
Client Current Immigration Status
Current Immigration Status (if Other)
Client Date of Current Immigration Status
Client Manner of Entry
Manner of Entry (if Other)
State of Case
County of Case (NY State only)
Offense Commission Date
Crim Trial Disposition
Date of Plea
Date of Sentence
Statute/Subsection of Conviction
Represented By
Custody Location
Prior 440 Motion Filed?
PCR Motion Filing Deadline
Must-File Date
Reason for Filing Deadline
Provide the best-case scenario. For the ‘must-file’ date, remember motions to reopen and appeals.
Basis and Posture of Case
Other Court & Conviction History
Conviction Impacts and Alternative Dispositions
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Basis for PCR Relief & Equities
Include, explaining any criminal history.
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