Chicago Deportation Lawyer
The U.S. government may initiate removal proceedings (i.e. deportation) against individuals who are not U.S. citizens and who are in the U.S. without lawful immigration status, or who are in a lawful status (including lawful permanent residency) but have committed certain violations that render them removable. A final order of deportation is devastating, often barring the individual from returning to the U.S. permanently.
The deportation lawyers at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. have been expertly handling removal cases since 1975. Over the course of 40 years, we have developed extensive experience defending those with and without lawful immigration status from the severe and life-altering effects of removal. Our lawyers include the very best in the field of immigration law, including Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.) who served as an immigration judge for over 30 years prior to joining our firm.
Common Reasons for Deportation
Removal proceedings are initiated by the issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA), which outlines the reasons why the government believes that the individual should be removed from the U.S. Some common reasons for deportation are as follows:
- Marriage fraud;
- Noncompliance with the terms of a visa (eg. working without authorization);
- Overstaying a visa;
- Conviction of a crime;
- Entering the U.S. without inspection (without a visa);
- Violating a protective order; and
- Providing false information or documentation in an immigration application.
Viable Defenses to Deportation
While it can be disheartening to receive a Notice to Appear in immigration court for removal proceedings, know that removal is not imminent, the process may take months or years, and you may be to entitled to a defense. The Chicago deportation lawyers at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.have helped countless individuals successfully fight removal proceedings and retain their ability to live in this country, often permanently. Some of the more common defenses available in removal proceedings are:
- Individuals may apply for lawful permanent residency through a family member, their employer, as a victim of a crime (U visa) or domestic violence (VAWA), or various other ways, assuming they are eligible;
- Individuals who have lived in the U.S. for a certain period of time and who meet other requirements (eg. good moral character) may be eligible for “cancellation of removal”;
- Individuals who are afraid to return to their home country may be eligible for protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), asylum, or withholding of removal;
- In rare circumstances, an individual may, in fact, be a U.S. citizen and terminate their removal proceedings by getting the government to recognize their citizenship.
Each case is different, and some individuals may qualify for a multi-faceted approach to their deportation defense. Even if an individual has no options, the attorney can request voluntary departure, which carries less severe consequence than an order of removal. A knowledgeable Chicago deportation attorney can help you explore these options and devise a defense that best applies to your situation and needs.
Contact Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. Today
If you or a loved one has received a Notice to Appear in immigration court, time is of the essence. Retain the help of a Chicago deportation lawyer as soon as possible. Call Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., to schedule your consultation today.