About Us

Because every immigration journey is personal.

Hemrick PLLC is an immigration law firm located in New York City. We advocate on behalf of families, workers and persecuted individuals. We understand the journey you’re undertaking and pledge to use all our knowledge to achieve the best possible outcome. Drawing from our knowledge and experience, we offer guidance on the best process for each individual, as demonstrated by the feedback we receive.

Our success is based on our experience, our unwavering commitment to clients, and our personal approach. Our goal is to guide you through the process, step by step, and work to make your journey easier with responsive, caring service and explanations in plain language. As a bi-lingual (Italian) firm, we can often ease the communication gap that makes things more difficult. Waiting is never easy, so we’ll keep you up to date and informed to reduce some of your worry. Clients can reach out to us with questions or concerns at any time.

Honors and Awards

New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2015-2018)

Top Attorneys of North America 2015-16 edition of The Who’s Who Directories

AVVO 10 rating

Speaking Engagements

AILA Continuing Legal Education
Waivers: Fighting for Immigration Benefits After a Conviction, Fraud or a Prior Deportation Order and the Impact of the NTA Memo  //  Dec. 2018 (invited)

Continuing Legal Education
Immigration Options for Professionals  //  2018

AILA Continuing Legal Education
101 on Ethics is Practice Management   //  2016

Social Awareness Day
Immigration   //  2015

Brown Bag Lunch
Immigration Careers   //  2015

Continuing Legal Education
Immigration Remedies Available Now: Are You Prepared?  //
Waivers to allow for consular processing overseas  //  2013

Pre-law Event
Immigration Law  //  2012

The LGBT Center Immigration
Strategies for Winning Asylum by Overcoming Stereotypes in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Based Claims  //  2011

Publications

Brooklyn Eagle   //  2012
Brooklyn attorneys eye immigration ‘surge docket’ to help unaccompanied minors

St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary   //  2017
Voluntary Departure Post-IIRIRA: A Struggle Between Equitable Considerations Promoting Clemency Measures, and Statutory Considerations Tending Towards Oppression

Affiliations

American Immigration Lawyers Association  //  2014-Present

(AILA) CLE, Ethics, ICE & ERO and Practice Management Committees   //  2016–2018
Co-Chair for Practice Management Committee  // 2018 Co-Chair for NYC Symposium

New York State Bar Association   //  2011–2013

New York City Bar Association   //  2010–2012

Immigration and Nationality Committee   //  2012
Interim Secretary

Meet Nicole Abruzzo Hemrick,
CEO and Managing Attorney

Becoming an immigration attorney was a natural choice for Nicole. Having moved back and forth from the United States to Italy as a child, she relates intimately with the immigrant experience. As a result, she has always been drawn to helping others, fascinated by different languages and learning about different cultures around the world.

Nicole began her career in the role of Judicial Law Clerk in the New York, New Jersey, and Arizona Immigration Courts through the Attorney General’s Honor Program, helping immigration judges draft decisions. This role gave her great insight into the judicial process and has proven beneficial to her clients.

Subsequently, she worked in small and large boutique immigration firms, and volunteered at a nonprofit organization serving abused immigrant women.

Nicole provides professional and compassionate representation in all aspects of removal defense, family-based, and employment-based immigration matters. She has assisted businesses in obtaining H-1B (temporary worker), L-1A (intra-company transferee), and O-1 (extraordinary ability). She has also worked with religious organizations to obtain R-1 (religious worker) non-immigrant visas for their ministers, nuns and other occupations such as choir directors. She has also assisted individuals seeking to create their own companies in the United States to obtain E-2 (investor) nonimmigrant visa. As for Permanent Residence employment cases, she has won cases for businesses seeking to hire professional employees through the Labor Certification (PERM) process, for religious organizations requiring permanent Religious Workers, as well as foreign nationals who self-petitioned based on Extraordinary Ability and Exceptional Ability where their services benefit the United States through a National Interest Waiver.

In removal defense cases, Nicole has successfully represented clients in cancellation of removal, asylum, termination of proceedings and prosecutorial discretion. She is particularly passionate about asylum cases, as she believes in fighting for those who have been persecuted, whether for political or religious beliefs, race, nationality or sexual orientation. In addition to representing clients during their removal proceedings at the Immigration Court, Nicole has won numerous cases on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and U.S. Courts of Appeals.

In family-based cases, Nicole helps U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents through the process to petition on behalf of their foreign national relatives to either adjust status in the United States through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), or to obtain Immigrant Visas through U.S. Embassies and U.S. Consulates. She also represents abused men, women and children in self-petitions for green cards under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). For clients who have been found ineligible for green cards based on a fraud or misrepresentation, unlawful presence, or criminal history, Nicole provides representation in waivers of inadmissibility, demonstrating that their inability to obtain a green card would result in extreme hardship to their U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident spouses or parents. Where the USCIS has unreasonably delayed processing regarding immigration petitions and applications, Nicole has succeeded in obtaining final adjudication on such cases through litigation in U.S. District Courts.

In addition to tirelessly advocating for her clients, Nicole is a sought-after public speaker on immigration issues.

Education

  • St. John’s University School of  Law, Juris Doctor, 2007. Dean’s List, CALI Excellence Awards for Immigration Law, Immigrant Rights Clinic and National Security and the Law
  • Binghamton University Bachelor of Arts,  magna cum laude, 2003, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New  York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New  York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit