People who are in the United States without lawful immigration status, or who are in lawful status but have committed certain violations of immigration or criminal law, may be subject to legal proceedings through which the U.S. government seeks their removal from the United States. This process is called “removal proceedings,” although many people still refer to it by its former name of “deportation proceedings.” The removal process is generally initiated by a government agency, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
This removal process begins when an agency issues a “Notice to Appear” (NTA), which details the reasons that the government believes that person is subject to removal. The person who is the subject of the NTA is required to appear in court and may be subject to detention during the course of those proceedings. Consequently, it is extremely important for anyone who has received an NTA or believes that he or she may be subject to deportation to retain legal counsel as soon as possible.
People may be removed from the U.S. for a number of reasons, found in Sections 212 and 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Some of the more common reasons for removal are listed below:
Fortunately for people facing removal or deportation, there are often many ways that an attorney can help. In fact, one of the primary rights of a person facing removal proceedings is the right to an attorney. Some of the more common defenses to removal include the following:
Of course, whether these or other defenses apply in your case is dependent on a number of factors. As a result, it is important for anyone facing removal proceedings to retain an experienced immigration lawyer as soon as possible.
Removal from the United States is a serious penalty that can have a significant impact on a person’s life. In many cases, it results in an individual being separated from his or her family or other loved ones and home of many years. The experienced Chicago immigration attorneys of Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC are skilled lawyers who understand what is at stake in removal proceedings and work hard to ensure that every client they represent has the best legal defense available. For over 40 years, our law firm has been providing high-quality legal representation and counsel to clients in the Chicago area and around the world. To schedule an appointment with an attorney, call our office today at 312-332-2550 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.
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