Columbus Immigration Lawyer
There are many different reasons individuals could find themselves in removal proceedings, or facing possible deportation. Some of these causes can include immigration status violations, criminal convictions, unlawful entry and many others. If you are facing deportation or removal proceedings, then you have a lot at stake. You entire life could drastically change, and you could potentially be separated from loved ones you have here in the United States. While you might feel helpless about your situation, there is a chance an Ohio immigration attorney from the Law Offices of Jonathan A. Bartell, LLC can help you remain in the country.
Our firm is dedicated to skillful and aggressive representation of our clients. We have significant experience handling difficult cases, so you can be sure that we will not deny you based on the difficulty of your case. We have provided some basic information about deportation defense below so you can have a better understanding about deportation and the various strategies for deportation defense.
What is Deportation?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines deportation as the formal removal of an "alien" (or illegal immigrant) from the United States. Individuals subject to removal can be those who entered the country illegally, or even individuals entered legally but who later lost their legal status. Under the Immigration and nationality Act, there are also certain actions that can make a legal resident deportable, such as convictions for certain crimes. Immigrants who have received certain criminal convictions can also be subject to deportation, even if they are permanent residents.
Possible Defenses Against Deportation
There are many different approaches to defending individuals against deportation. Some of the more common ways may include:
Asylum—Many individuals come to the U.S. because they are in danger of being persecuted by the governments of their home countries. They might be facing persecution because of their ethnic backgrounds, political affiliations, religions or other reasons. These types of immigrants can usually be placed in physical danger if they are deported. These individuals can file for asylum and potentially be allowed to remain in the U.S.
Cancellation of Removal Orders—When granted, this request cancels a deportation and makes the immigrant eligible for permanent residency, if he or she does not already have such a status. In order to qualify, the immigrant must meet certain standards. For example, he or she must have lived in the U.S. for a certain number of years and must not have been convicted of certain crimes and. In some cases, the individuals must also show that he or she had demonstrated "good moral character" and that removal from the country would cause extreme hardship to a spouse or close relative who is a U.S. citizen. The standards depend on whether or not the immigrant is a permanent resident.
Motions to Reopen—This is a motion to have the immigration case reopened, or reheard, due to new information or evidence that was not available when the previous immigration court decision was made. This might be based on a change of the immigrant's circumstances since his or her previous immigration proceedings.
Appeals—When an immigrant who received a deportation order believes he or she have received an unfair judgment, that individual can file to appeal the immigration court decision. If it is determined that the previous decision was not warranted or was problematic, that decision could be overturned.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—According to recent changes in U.S. immigration policy, immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and who meet certain requirements can apply to have their deportations deferred. These individuals can have their deportations delayed for at least two years and can be authorized to work in the U.S. These individuals must meet certain age and education requirements, among other requirements.
Obtaining the Legal Help You Need from a Cleveland Immigration Attorney
No matter what the reason is behind why you are facing removal proceedings, it is vitally important that you have an aggressive immigration attorney. Our legal team is made up of experienced advocates for immigrant rights. If you choose to work with us, then our team can help you explore your options and choose the best one for your particular situation. You can be sure that we can work to pursue the best possible outcome to your case. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!
We serve those throughout Ohio including Cincinnati, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus and other cities nationwide in Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Las Vegas and more. If you are having issues internationally, we can travel to U.S. embassies around the globe to protect your rights.