As someone seeking removal (or deportation) defense, you may have received a letter about your removal proceedings called a Notice to Appear. This letter will include several allegations about your presence in the United States or your method of entry. Should an immigration judge determine that these allegations are true, you will be found removable and will require a defense against removal or deportation in order to remain in the United States.
It is important to have a legal expert on your side to help you navigate this situation. Somos Immigration has a team of deportation defense lawyers ready to take your case. Learn more about deportation defense to understand how we can help you.
What Is Deportation Defense?
Deportation defense or removal defense is the legal action that immigrants can take when facing deportation. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security normally seeks an immigrant’s deportation on specific grounds, such as:
- Being convicted of a crime
- Entering the country without inspection or admission
- Committing crimes while in the U.S.
- Overstaying a visa
- Violating the terms of a visa
You will be required to apply for relief from removal and present your application before the immigration judge. An experienced attorney will help you understand the removal process, strategize about the options available to you and will prepare and present your application for relief with you.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Immigration lawyers are experts in navigating federal immigration laws. Presenting your case before the immigration court on your own can be overwhelming and intimidating if you are not well prepared with a legal defense. There may be options for you to remain in the United States legally, but you must understand those options and how best to present them to the judge and how best to defend yourself against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS may be steadfast in securing your removal. You must be equally or even more committed to fighting for your right to stay. Immigration lawyers fight on your behalf and will help you present the best possible defense available to you.
What Is Asylum?
Asylum is a form of protection offered to certain qualifying individuals in removal and outside of removal proceedings. You may seek asylum if you fear persecution or harm in your country of origin.
Eligibility for Asylum
Applicants are generally eligible for asylum based on the past persecution or potential future persecution they face upon return to their home country. The persecution or harm must be based on one of five protected grounds: Race, Religion, Nationality, Political Opinion, or Membership in a Particular Social Group.
You achieve asylee status after a grant of asylum. This status allows you to apply for government benefits and services associated with immigration. Such benefits include:
- Opportunities to live and work in the country
- Traveling rights outside of the U.S.
- Qualification to apply for permanent residence and citizenship
Applicants whose asylum applications are denied will remain in the U.S. with their current status. Denial does not automatically mean deportation, although it is possible. Essentially, you will wait until the immigration judge decides your case. Some applicants face asylum denial because of failing to provide sufficient evidence regarding their case. This dilemma highlights the importance of having a deportation lawyer handle your important documents. Consider getting a legal expert to oversee your application to ensure everything is in order.
How Can Somos Immigration Help?
Somos Immigration has a team of lawyers ready to carefully review your case and explain these proceedings to you as well as your options moving forward. We understand that applicants facing removal from the U.S. want to understand the proceedings and how best to protect themselves and their families from separation. Our team is ready to listen to your story and present your case. Allow us to fight for your right to remain in the U.S.