Removal Defense

Our firm represents, and advocates for, immigrants facing deportation from the United States. This process involves appearing before an immigration judge in immigration court. Depending on your specific circumstances, below are the most common defenses to removal:

  • Adjustment of Status

  • Criminal Waivers

  • Non-criminal Waivers

  • Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Relief under the Convention Against Torture

  • U-Visas

  • TPS and NACARA

  • VAWA and VAWA Cancellation of Removal

  • Non-Lawful Permanent Resident Cancellation of Removal

  • Motion to Terminate

  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

  • Voluntary Departure

Family-based Immigration

            This is the primary basis for legal immigration to the United States. Under current law, U.S. citizens and

             lawful permanent residents (LPRs) can sponsor certain family members for a visa that provides permanent

             residence, more commonly referred to as a "green card." But only immediate relatives and family

             preference categories are eligible for family visas, and this does not include grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-

             laws and cousins.

Employment-based Immigration

             This is another common way to obtain permanent legal status in the United States, the difference being that

             this process involves getting sponsored by your U.S.-based employer. There are several different types of

             work visas and, depending on your situation, the process could vary from type to type.

Custody/Detention

             Immigrants who are subject to removal are now much more likely to be detained by immigration

             authorities. ICE has the authority to: 1) stop an immigrant at the airport after traveling abroad; 2) interview

             an immigrant while in jail on a criminal matter; and 3) pick up immigrants living in the U.S. who have prior

             final orders of removal. ICE also has the authority to detain an immigrant in any facility it wishes, even if the

             facility is in a different state than your home. If you find yourself or your loved one in the custody of ICE or

             you or your loved one have been arrested in a criminal matter and anticipate being detained by ICE, contact

             our experienced immigration attorneys for a free consultation to discuss your options. 

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