If you have been placed in removal (deportation) proceedings in immigration court, it is important to consult an immigration lawyer as soon as possible. The most important factor determining whether people in immigration court win or lose their cases (and therefore whether they are ordered removed from the United States) is whether they are represented by a lawyer.
You may be able to avoid deportation if you can prove one of the following:
- You may be eligible for asylum if you can prove you have a well-founded fear of persecution in your home country.
- You may be eligible for cancellation of removal if you can prove that your deportation would cause extreme hardship to a close relative who is a US citizen or permanent resident.
- You may be eligible for adjustment of status (permanent residence) if you have a close relative who is a US citizen or permanent resident.
- If you have been placed in removal proceedings because of a criminal conviction, you may be eligible for certain waivers or your may be eligible to have your criminal conviction set aside.
- If you have been the victim of a crime, you may be eligible for a U visa or other relief.
- If you have been abused by a spouse who is a permanent resident or US citizen, you may be eligible for relief under the Violence Against Women Act (whether you are a man or a woman).
- If you are a minor, you may be eligible for Special Immigration Juvenile Status.
For more information about these and other options and a full evaluation of your eligibility, please email or call (212) 988-5806 to schedule a consultation.