At Sverdloff Law Group, PC we understand what is at stake for those who face deportation. When we represent clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, our attorneys are committed to the client and the case. Immigration law is all that we do, and we help clients find avenues to remain in the country when they feel all hope is lost.
Whether you face deportation due to a crime, entering the country without permission or remaining in the country after your visa expires — we can help.
If you or a member of your family has been scheduled for a deportation or removal hearing, you need to hire an attorney who understands the most effective strategies to successfully fight removal. We understand that many immigrants to the United States don’t have an option to return to their home country. We make sure that every piece of evidence and legal strategy is part of your removal defense.
Unlike many immigration law firms, our attorneys have the experience and skills to handle the toughest deportation and removal appeals cases. We have successfully handled many different types of cases, including those involving serious criminal convictions on one’s record, asylum, and contested marriage cases which require fraud waivers before the immigration judge.
The key to success in Immigration Court is having an attorney who is experienced in removal proceedings and all types of available relief from removal. Removal proceedings are very intensive and procedural, and every little detail matters. We know what to expect when appearing before an Immigration Judge and what types of relief you may be eligible for. We are well versed in Immigration Court procedures and are familiar with Immigration Judges and ICE attorneys. If there is a way for you to avoid deportation, we will find it and do our best to fight to keep you in United States. When you consult with our attorneys, we will analyze your immigration history and frankly discuss with you your chances of avoiding deportation. If you are detained, the attorney will explain the likelihood of getting you released on bond, which may affect your decision on how to proceed with your case.
What is a Removal Proceeding?
Removal proceedings, whether based on inadmissibility or deportability, affect the ability of a person to remain in the United States. Deportation affects people who are already in the United States, either legally or illegally, by forcing them to leave. By contrast, grounds of inadmissibility prohibit a person from entering the United States in the first place.
Immigration violations, as well as criminal convictions, can result in deportation, ineligibility for relief from removal, and being barred from naturalization. Deportation and exclusion proceedings have been combined into a single proceeding called a ‘removal’ proceeding.
There are six broad categories or grounds for deportation. These include:
- Entering the country without proper authority
- Status violators who violate the terms of their admission or work without permission.
- Persons with a broad range of criminal convictions.
- Persons who are members of certain prohibited organizations.
- Certain individuals who become a public charge within five years of entering the U.S.
- People whose asylum applications have been denied or referred to an Immigration Judge.
Our deportation defense lawyers can assist you with the following:
Bond Proceedings: Releasing detained clients by getting immigration bonds.
Political Asylum: For people who were persecuted or have a fear of being persecuted because of their political opinion, social group or other protected grounds.
Representation at Master Calendar Hearings: Going with our clients to Immigration Court and appearing before the Immigration Court Judges in Master Calendar hearings.
Representation at Merits or Individual Hearings: Going with our clients to Immigration Court and appearing before the judges in Individual Merits Hearings.
Adjustment of Status in Removal Proceedings: Applying for a green card before the immigration judge.
Applying for Waivers in Court: For clients who are inadmissible to the U.S. under the law, for example, crimes or misrepresentations, we apply for waivers of ineligibility such as hardship waivers.
Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents: Helping Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR’s) who were convicted of certain crimes that make them deportable, keep their green cards and be allowed to stay.
Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents: For people without legal status who have been in the U.S. for at least 10 years and have U.S. or permanent resident family members
212(c): For people who plead guilty to crimes prior to 1997 when the criminal immigration law was changed.
NACARA: For people who qualify for relief from deportation under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act for Nicaraguans, Cubans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans.
TPS – Temporary Protected Status: Applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) before the Immigration Court to prevent deportation.
Deferred Action: For people with deportation orders to request a stay of deportation.
Prosecutorial Discretion: For people who have strong grounds for convincing the government to close their deportation cases.
Stay of Deportation: For people who can prove hardship or qualify for stays for example when filing appeals.
Immigration Appeals to the BIA: Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which reviews the decisions of immigration judges.
Petitions for Review: Immigration appeals to the Federal Court of Appeals that reviews the Board of Immigration Appeals orders.
Motions to Reopen: Deportation proceedings in order to receive relief from removal, such as adjustment of status for a permanent residence.
Call us today at (312) 238-9090 to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help you. We offer payment plans to help our clients.