Deportation is a term that provokes fear in the heart of many. For many, the impact of deportation will affect not only those going through removal proceedings, but their family, friends, and business interests. However, the fact that someone has been placed into removal proceedings does not necessarily mean that they will have to leave the country. Although there are several reasons a person may face deportation, there are also many defenses available. A Chicago deportation defense lawyer can help anyone who is facing deportation.
There are many very common causes for deportation. When a visa or green card expires, it is imperative that individuals renew these as quickly as possible. Failing to have proper documentation that shows you are legally allowed to be in the country can mean facing removal proceedings. Additionally, when it is found that an individual never held a visa or green card and instead, entered the country illegally, that person may also face removal proceedings.
One of the most common causes for deportation is that an immigrant is accused of committing a crime while in the United States. Even lawful permanent residents can have their green card revoked and be placed into removal proceedings if they are convicted of a crime.
No matter the reason for deportation, it is not a hopeless situation it may seem to be at first.
Facing removal proceedings is frightening, but there are a number of defenses that may be suitable for your case. To utilize these defenses effectively, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you receive a Notice to Appear.
One of the most commonly used defense strategies is a cancellation of removal. This is possible for individuals who can show that they have lived in the United States for at least ten years. You must show that you are of good moral character and that your deportation would place a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under undue hardship.
Sometimes it is possible to change your immigration status to avoid removal. For example, if you are a conditional resident and can obtain legal permanent resident status, it is much less likely that you will face deportation.
Lastly, individuals seeking asylum can also use this as a defense. If you feel as though you would face persecution upon your return to your home country due to your gender, race, religion, or other factors, you can claim asylum to avoid deportation.
Facing deportation is extremely scary and if removal proceedings have been started against you, it is important that you speak to a Chicago deportation defense lawyer today. At Kriezelman, Burton & Associates, LLC, we know the defenses to deportation and we will use them effectively for your case. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys and to learn more about how we can help.
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