Removal Proceedings in Immigration Court
If you have received a document from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security titled “Notice to Appear,” then you have probably been placed, or will likely soon be placed, in Removal Proceedings in Immigration Court. This means that the U.S. government is trying to deport or “remove” you from the United States.
If you have received a Notice to Appear, then the following options may be available to you:
- You may be able to challenge the U.S. government’s charges against you. The charges might be incorrect or might lack sufficient evidence.
- You may be able to obtain administrative closure of your case. This is an agreement by U.S. government officials not to pursue removal or deportation at this time.
- You may have immigration benefits you could seek, such as applications for:
- permanent residence in the United States.
- asylum in the United States.
- cancellation of removal, which, if approved, would result in permanent residence.
- waivers, which might be necessary in order to qualify you for permanent resident status.
- You may also seek voluntary departure to another country, usually your country of citizenship.
If an Immigration Judge rules against you in Immigration Court, in most situations you have a right to appeal the judge’s decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
Removal Proceedings in Immigration Court often involve complex legal issues and often require significant amounts of time, legal research, and legal expertise in order to prepare a defense against the government’s charges, or to apply for certain benefits.
Michael Carlin has represented many clients in Immigration Court, and has the experience you need to analyze your specific situation and to help you to obtain whatever benefits you may be entitled to receive.
This page does not provide legal advice, and is intended only as a general introduction. Please contact us for more information.