Are you facing deportation? Under federal law, when the government wishes to force a permanent or non-permanent resident to leave, it must initiate a removal proceeding. This typically starts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issuing a Notice to Appear, which is served on the foreign national who is the subject of the removal proceeding. This notice includes the charges against the foreign national–that is, the U.S. laws that he or she allegedly violated–together with any supporting facts.
If you have received a Notice to Appear, it is imperative that you speak with a Chicago immigration attorney as soon as possible. Homeland Security means business when it initiates a removal proceeding. Do not assume that this is a simple misunderstanding you can clear up on your own. Your best chance at avoiding deportation is to work with an attorney who understands the immigration system and will dedicate his or her energy and resources to helping you.
At Kriezelman Burton & Associates, we proudly defend clients in removal proceedings. We can handle your case from start-to-finish, from conducting initial meetings with immigration officials to presenting your case in court–and if necessary, on appeal. We also provide a full range of immigration-related legal services. So, if you simply need help obtaining a visa or need more information on how to apply for a green card or even U.S. citizenship, call us today at 312-332-2550 to schedule a free consultation.
Removal and deportation cases are not handled by the regular court system. Instead, Congress has established a special immigration court within the executive branch of the government. The U.S. Attorney General appoints lawyers to serve as immigration judges who conduct the actual removal proceedings. These are similar to trials in that the subject may present arguments and evidence in his or her defense.
Keep in mind, the government may initiate removal proceedings for any number of reasons. If you are currently in the United States on a visa, you can be deported for violating any of the conditions of your stay. Even if you are an authorized non-permanent or permanent resident (i.e., a person holding a green card), immigration authorities may seek your removal for violating certain laws, abusing drugs, committing acts of fraud, or even failing to notify authorities if you changed your address recently.
In addition, there are situations in which Homeland Security may seek expedited removal. This basically allows executive branch officials to deport someone without a hearing before an immigration court. For example, certain persons trying to cross into the U.S. from Canada or Mexico may be subject to expedited removal if the government believes they lied or misrepresented a material fact to obtain entry.
If you or someone in your family is facing an expedited removal, our Chicago immigration attorneys may be able to help. Contact Kriezelman Burton & Associates today to schedule a free consultation. Whatever your immigration problem, we are ready and able to advise you on the best course of action.
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