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Chicago Deportation Defense Attorney

As an illegal immigrant living in the United States, you constantly face the threat of deportation, even if you have lived in the U.S. for all or most of your life. Deportation is a scary thought, as not only does it mean that you will be taken from everyone and everything you have grown to know and love, but also, if removed, you may not be allowed to reenter the U.S. for another five to ten years, if ever. At Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC, we understand what is at stake if you are removed from the country. Our Chicago deportation defense lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights to stay in the country and ensure that you do not have to deal with the threat of removal again.

Reasons for Deportation Proceedings

Though the threat of deportation is always there if you live in the U.S. illegally, it is unlikely that you will receive a removal notice without first drawing attention to yourself. Most deportation proceedings are triggered by one of the following:

  • Criminal charges or convictions against an individual;
  • Immigration violations, which may include but are not limited to unlawfully overstaying one’s visa, violating visa status (i.e. taking on a full-time job with a student visa), and falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen; and
  • Discovery of fraud or misrepresentations on immigration paperwork;

However, just because MOST deportation proceedings are triggered by one of the above does not mean that all cases begin because an immigrant did something obvious. Some proceedings are imitated simply because someone discovered that a person unlawfully entered the country, or because a government worker noticed that a person’s visa or visitor status expired. Though the best way to prevent deportation proceedings is to comply with the law, it is not always easy to keep track of rules, regulations, and filing deadlines. If you do find yourself faced with a deportation notice, reach out to our Chicago deportation defense attorneys for immediate legal assistance. The quicker we can get started on your defense, the greater the odds that the mess will be sorted out and you will be free to go.

Successful Removal Defense Strategies

At Kriezelman Burton & Associates, we have helped countless clients resolve their immigration issues. If you or a loved one received a Notice to Appear for deportation, we can help you fight the motion with one of the following defenses:

  • Adjustment of Status: In many instances, all a client needs to do is adjust his or her status to make it more difficult for the government to remove him or her. Even if you have already received a deportation notice, there may be a way to adjust your status to permanent residency, which would remove the threat of deportation entirely.
  • Cancellation of Removal: If you have been in the U.S. for ten or more years, have good moral character, can show proof of contribution to the country, and can show that your removal would cause hardship to a U.S. citizen or qualifying legal permanent resident, you may be able to cancel the removal proceedings entirely.
  • Request Asylum: In many instances, a person faces persecution for gender, race, religion, or other reasons if forced to return to his or her home country. If you can prove that returning to your home country would put you or a loved one in danger, the government may allow you to extend your stay or grant you permanent residency status.

Unfortunately, not all cases are successful. If we have exhausted all options and it still looks as if deportation is on the horizon, we may advise you to leave the country voluntarily. Doing so will make it much easier for you to return to the U.S. in the near future as opposed to you being barred for years to life.

Hire an Immigration Lawyer Today

Our Chicago immigration attorneys have been fighting for the rights of immigrants for over 40 years. If you have made the U.S. your home but have recently received a deportation notice, do not just ignore the notice and hope that everything works out for the best. Instead, call Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC right away. The sooner you acknowledge the issue, the greater the chances that everything WILL turn out okay.