Defense Against Deportation or Removal
From our offices in Northern Virginia, the highly-rated immigration lawyers at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients in removal or deportation proceedings in Virginia, D.C., Maryland and all across the United States.
If you have been placed in removal or deportation proceedings, it is critical that you seek legal counsel from an experienced immigration lawyer immediately. The right attorney can give you the best chance at obtaining one of the available forms of relief, and delaying or avoiding removal from the United States.
Relief From Removal or Deportation
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be eligible for one of several forms of relief from removal. Some forms of relief are:
Cancellation of Removal (Green Card Holders). If you have had a green card for at least 5 years and been in the U.S. for at least 7 years, you may be eligible for cancellation of removal. Once you can show you are eligible it is up to the judge’s discretion whether to grant this form of relief. A good attorney can help you present the strongest possible case to have the judge find in your favor.
Cancellation of Removal (Non-Green Card Holders). If you are not a green card holder but have lived in the U.S. for 10 years with good moral character, you may qualify for cancellation of removal. In order to be granted this relief you must prove that your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent would suffer extreme hardship if you were to be deported.
Adjustment of Status. If you have a way to apply for a green card during your removal proceedings, your lawyer may apply for your green card in court, preventing your deportation.
Asylum. If you have a fear of returning to your home country and you fall under one of the protected groups, you may qualify for asylum. An attorney would be able to present an asylum case for you and possibly keep you in the U.S.
Criminal Waiver. If you have been convicted of a crime, be sure to read about the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions. If you have criminal convictions which make you deportable or inadmissible, you may be eligible for a waiver. In order to qualify you would need to have a U.S. citizen spouse, child, or parent who would suffer extreme hardship if you were to be removed. An experienced immigration attorney could assist you in determining if your crime and situation would make you eligible for this type of waiver.
Fraud Waiver. If you have been accused of fraud you may be eligible for a waiver by showing extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent.
Voluntary Departure. If the government’s evidence is compelling and there is no other form of relief which could keep you in the country, voluntary departure may be your best option. By agreeing to be responsible for your travel and then leaving within the specified time you can avoid receiving a removal order. The main benefit of voluntary departure is that you can avoid an automatic bar to returning to the U.S. at a later date.
For more information as to what to expect in your deportation or removal case in immigration court , see:
- What Happens If You Are Detained By Immigration?
- Answers to Five Common Questions About ICE Holds
- So You Received A Notice To Appear In Immigration Court, Now What?
- Immigration Court Delays: When Will Your Case Be Heard?
Our Immigration Attorneys
The immigration attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C. have years of experience with deportation or removal cases in Virginia, D.C., Maryland and across the United States. Be sure to read our client reviews, then examine the profiles of each of our immigration lawyers to find the one who is the best fit for you. Then, contact us to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today—in person, over the telephone, or via webcam on Skype or Google Hangouts.