Removal and Deportation Defense

If you or a member of your family has been scheduled for a deportation or removal hearing, your attorney will need to understand the most effective strategies to successfully fight removal. We understand that many immigrants to the United States don’t have an option to return to their home country. We make sure that every piece of evidence and legal strategy is part of your removal defense. Unlike many immigration law firms, our attorneys have the experience and skills to handle the toughest deportation and removal appeals cases.

What is a Removal Proceeding?

Removal proceedings, whether based on inadmissibility or deportability, affect the ability of a person to remain in the United States. Deportation affects people who are already in the United States, either legally or illegally, by forcing them to leave. Grounds of inadmissibility, by contrast, prohibit a person from entering the United States in the first place.

Immigration violations, as well as criminal convictions, can result in deportation, ineligibility for relief from removal, and being barred from naturalization. Deportation and exclusion proceedings have been combined into a single proceeding called a “removal” proceeding.

There are six broad categories or grounds for deportation. They include:

Entering the country without proper authority.

  • Status violators who violate the terms of their admission or work without permission.
  • Persons with a broad range of criminal convictions.
  • Persons who are members of certain prohibited organizations.
  • Certain people who become public charges within five years of entering the U.S.
  • People whose asylum applications have been denied or referred to an Immigration Judge.

Effective Removal Defense Strategies

If you have received a Notice to Appear for removal matters or a loved one is facing deportation, do not wait to hire an experienced attorney. We get started right away to protect your rights. There are several strategies we use to fight removal including:

  • Cancellation of Removal—Showing you have been in the U.S. for at least 10 years, have a good moral character and your removal would cause a hardship to a qualifying legal permanent resident or U.S. citizen
  • Adjustment of status—Looking for ways to adjust your immigration status so you are not as vulnerable to removal. There may be ways to obtain permanent residency and prevent removal.
  • Request asylum—Showing that returning to your home country would result in being persecuted for race, religion, gender or other reasons.

When we have exhausted our options and a removal cannot be stopped, we may advise clients to leave the country voluntarily to avoid detention. Voluntary departure may make it easier to return to the U.S. sooner.