Chicago Deportation and Removal Defense Attorneys
Non-citizens living in the U.S. always face the potential for removal, or deportation. If an immigrant is removed, it can take 5 to 10 years before that immigrant is allowed to return to the U.S. if ever. Such separations from family, friends and business interests can be devastating. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. , we understand the high stakes involved in removal cases. We treat our clients with compassion and understanding, and we fight hard to keep our clients in the country.
Causes of Removal and Deportation Proceedings
The best defense in a removal case depends on the reason for removal. Most removal cases are triggered by:
- Expiration of a visitor or nonimmigrant visa
- Criminal proceedings against the individual
- Discovery of illegal entry to the country
- Termination of conditional resident status
No matter what the circumstances of the removal, it may be possible to prevent deportation. This is one of the most difficult areas of immigration law, however, and requires the knowledge and skill of an experienced immigration attorney. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C., our attorneys are at the top of their field. Few have the depth of legal understanding of those who teach the law, and our attorney is both a practicing lawyer and a law professor.
Effective Removal Defense Strategies
If you have received a Notice to Appear for removal matters or a loved one is facing deportation, do not wait to hire an experienced attorney. We get started right away to protect your rights. There are several strategies we use to fight removal including:
- Cancellation of Removal—Showing you have been in the U.S. for at least 10 years, have a good moral character and your removal would cause a hardship to a qualifying legal permanent resident or U.S. citizen.
- Adjustment of status—Looking for ways to adjust your immigration status so you are not as vulnerable to removal. There may be ways to obtain permanent residency and prevent removal.
- Request asylum—Showing that returning to your home country would result in being persecuted for race, religion, gender or other reasons.
When we have exhausted our options and a removal cannot be stopped, we may advise clients to leave the country voluntarily to avoid detention. Voluntary departure may make it easier to return to the U.S. sooner.
If you or a loved one is facing removal proceedings, contact our Chicago immigration firm.