A non-citizen may be placed in removal proceedings (deported) if they enter the US illegally, commit a crime of moral turpitude, a crime of violence, drug crime or any aggravated felony or crime for which the sentence is a year or more. We can help you mount a vigorous defense in all aspects of your deportation case before an immigration judge. Either party may appeal the judge’s decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals. In some cases it may be possible to vacate a conviction if a guilty plea if you were not advised of the immigration consequences of your criminal plea.
Persons in removal proceedings may be eligible for certain forms of relief allowing them to remain in the U.S. legally. The following are the most commonly sought forms of relief:
- Family ties in the United States ( U.S. citizen/permanent resident parents, spouse or children)
- Asylum based on fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, political opinion, nationality or membership in a particular social group in the individual’s country of origin.
- Withholding of Removal under Convention Against Torture
- U.S. citizenship based on parents’ citizenship
- Waiver based on asylee or refugee status
- Vacating of criminal convictions or guilty pleas