Deportation and Removal Proceedings
Removal proceedings, or deportation, is a process initiated by US Immigration or Immigration and Custom Enforcement. Hearings are held at immigration courts based on your address or location of detention, which are located at most major cities throughout the US. Reasons that a person may be placed in removal proceedings are for having committed a crime, immigration status violations, or entering the US illegally or without proper documentation.
Facing removal proceedings (Deportation) can be a very stressful situation with many questions left unanswered when you appear before an Immigration Judge. Basic issues, such as what to do when you receive a Notice to Appear before an Immigration Court to determining what types of relief are available, can be frustrating and confusion. You have certain rights under the Immigration and Nationality Act that should be explored thoroughly.
Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen can be deported if he or she is convicted of certain crimes. A foreign national may also be subject to deportation if he or she is here illegally or entered the United States legally with a visa, but stayed longer than authorized. If you commit fraud on a visa or passport application, you may face both deportation and criminal prosecution.
If you are in removal or deportation proceedings before an Immigration Judge, please contact our office for a free consultation to see what, if any form of relief is available to you. Depending on your immigration status and the crime you are charged with, you may be able to avoid deportation by filing for a waiver of the grounds of removal. In considering whether to grant a waiver, an immigration judge balances the positive equities, such as family ties, employment history, and rehabilitation against the criminal conviction.