Deportation and removal are extreme, frightening situations for any immigrant. If you fear that you will be deported or if deportation and removal proceedings have already begun against you or a loved one, then it is important that you act quickly to find an experienced immigration lawyer to defend your case. Time is of the essence during deportation cases and AVC will work quickly and accurately to resolve your case.
HOW THE DEPORTATION PROCESS STARTS
It usually begins when a non-citizen is caught in the U.S. without proper documents, is alleged to have violated the terms of their green card or visa, or is alleged to have committed crime. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), may arrest you for deportation or begin immigration removal proceedings due to many reasons including status violation, criminal conviction, or unlawful entry.
As an immigrant, you will likely be served a Notice to Appear (NTA) from ICE explaining why you are being ordered to appear in court. You have a right to have an attorney represent you in court and it is extremely important that you hire an experienced lawyer in whatever city you will need representation. Unlike U.S. citizens you not are entitled to free legal representation, i.e., the court will not appoint an attorney to represent you. An immigrant will need to pay for their legal fees. An immigration lawyer’s fees are a necessary cost needed to develop a defense strategy, preserve your rights, and present the very best case possible to achieve a desirable outcome.
During removal proceedings, your case will be presided by and determined by a judge who will hear arguments from your immigration attorney and the U.S. Immigration Services. There are several types of relief from removal that may allow you to stay in the United States. We can advise on your best options which could be cancellation of removal or an adjustment of status.
WHAT IS ASYLUM?
Individuals who come to the U.S. seeking protection from prosecution, or feared persecution, may apply for asylum status. The persecution in question must be due to race, nationality, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. If eligible, you may be permitted to remain in the U.S.
We can assist with Affirmative Asylum by submitting Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal. If you are already in removal proceedings, we may be able to submit a Defensive Asylum with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
Being granted political asylum in the U.S.A. allows you to:
Work in the U.S. without an Employment Authorization Document
Obtain a Social Security Card
Apply for permanent residency after one year
Regardless of the situation, if you are facing deportation, exclusion or removal, trust us for aggressive and innovative defense for permanent residents and those without immigration status.