If you are facing removal proceedings or deportation, you are likely feeling overwhelmed by the process. The sooner you consult with an experienced Chicago immigration lawyer, the better options you will have. You don’t have to take on the government alone. Let the experienced removal attorneys at Minsky, McCormick and Hallagan protect your legal right to a lawful immigration status.
The first step in removal proceedings is for the Department of Homeland Security to serve the foreign national with a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge. If you fail to appear at the first Master Calendar hearing, an order of removal will be issued, and you will be prohibited from returning to the United States with any type of visa for ten years. This is why it is so important to respond to a Notice to Appear.
After this first hearing, you will have the opportunity to defend your right to be in the county legally at a Merit Hearing. If your attorney determines that you have no legal basis for establishing a lawful immigration status, you can agree to a Voluntary Removal from the country. This allows you to keep a removal off of your immigration record. This, in turn, makes it easier to return to the country legally in the future.
It is important to get your own legal advice about the appropriate strategy for your removal case. Just because the government’s attorney is trying to remove you does not mean that there are no options available to you. It also does not mean that you can’t qualify for a lawful immigration status.
There are many defenses to removal that might apply to your case based on the facts of your unique situation. For example, you might be able to claim asylum as a refugee. Refugees can qualify for asylum if they can prove that they have a reasonable fear of being persecuted in their home county due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or due to political opinions. You might also be able to stop deportation if you qualify for an Adjustment of Status (thus changing your immigration status to a lawful one).
The defenses that are available to you will depend upon your exact situation. It is critical that you get advice from your own immigration lawyer before making decisions about how to address removal proceedings. The government lawyers will not attempt to find a lawful immigration status that you can qualify for. It is up to you to get your own legal advice and protect your legal right to remain in the United States.
The experienced Chicago immigration lawyers at Minsky McCormick & Hallagan have helped many families who are facing deportation. Don’t face the full force of the U.S. government alone. Hire an experienced immigration attorney who can fight to protect your legal right to remain in the United States. Contact us to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.