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Itasca Deportation Defense Attorney

Elk Grove Village Removal Defense Law Firm

Lawyer in DuPage County for Removal Proceedings

The term "deportation" has become highly politicized and extremely controversial in recent years. By comparison, the term "removal" tends to engender much less controversy despite the fact that the two words mean the same thing. When the federal government orders a non-citizen of the United States to be removed from the country, the process is referred to as removal proceedings. A non-citizen could face removal or deportation for a number of different reasons, but such proceedings are usually initiated as the result of the non-citizen violating American laws.

At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C., we understand that non-citizen residents of the United States are always at some risk for deportation. In many situations, a removed immigrant may have to wait between five and ten years before returning to the U.S., if a return is even allowed. We recognize the impact that a removal can have on the person's family, friends, and business interests, and we are equipped to help anyone who is facing removal proceedings.

Common Causes for Removal Actions

Attorney Ana M. Mencini recognizes that the best way to handle a deportation case will depend on many factors, including the reasons for removal and the history of the person in question. Some of the most common reasons for removal include but are not limited to:

  • An expired non-immigrant or visitor visa;
  • Criminal charges resulting in a conviction of the non-citizen resident;
  • A determination that the non-citizen entered the U.S. illegally; or
  • The termination of the non-citizen's status as a conditional resident.

Regardless of the circumstances that may have triggered the removal proceedings, our firm promises to treat you and your family with the respect and dignity that you deserve. As the daughter of a Colombian immigrant, Ms. Mencini understands the challenges of the immigration process, and she knows what is at stake when removal becomes a possibility. She and her team will do everything possible to help you or your loved one avoid deportation and remain in the United States legally.

Possible Defense Strategies in Deportation Proceedings

When you receive a formal Notice to Appear in relation to a possible removal, it is important to retain the services of a fully qualified deportation defense attorney immediately. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C., we have nearly two decades of immigration law experience, and we have the knowledge and resources to ensure that your rights are fully protected.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be best to seek:

  • Cancellation of removal: If you can show that you have resided in America for at least 10 years, possess good moral character, and your deportation would result in undue hardship to a qualifying U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, the proceedings against you could be terminated;
  • Adjustment of Status: It might be possible to pursue a change in your immigration status so that removal is much less likely. For example, legal permanent residents are usually at lower risk for removal than visitors or conditional residents are; or
  • Asylum: If returning to your country of origin would lead to your persecution on the basis of gender, religion, race, or other factors, seeking asylum could allow you to remain in the United States.

In some situations, removal proves to be unavoidable. If this is the case for you, we can work with you in exploring options for leaving the U.S. voluntarily instead of being taken into custody. Doing so could allow you to return to the United States sooner than would be the case following an involuntary departure.

Call 630-875-1700 for Help

For more information about building a defense in removal or deportation proceedings, contact our office. Call 630-875-1700 for a reduced-cost consultation with a skilled member of our team today. Our firm serves clients in Itasca, Addison, Schaumburg, Rosemont, Rolling Meadows, DuPage County, Cook County, and the surrounding areas.

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