Brooklyn Deportation Defense Attorneys
Removal Defense Representation in New York & New Jersey
When the U.S. government believes someone has broken an immigration law or violated a condition of their visa, they may target them for removal. If you or a loved one receives a Notice to Appear (NTA) or is arrested by immigration authorities, do not wait to seek legal guidance.
At Usher Law Group, we recognize what is at stake and are committed to protecting your future in the United States. Our New York City deportation defense lawyers have over a decade of experience and offer same-day appointments. We will carefully evaluate your circumstances, give you honest advice, and walk you through all available relief strategies. Our team is client-centric and can provide the compassionate guidance you need during this difficult time. No matter the complexity of your situation, we will leverage the full extent of our skills and resources when advocating for you.
How Does Deportation Work?
Any non-citizen can be removed from the country on certain grounds. Even lawful permanent residents can be deported.
You may be targeted for removal if:
- You enter the country without a visa
- You overstay your visa
- You are convicted of a crime that is considered a deportable offense
- You violate a condition of your visa
If you are currently in the U.S. without a valid visa, you should be extremely cautious when applying for a new immigrant benefit. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may not immediately notice you are in the country without valid status, but, if they deny your request, they could refer your case to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). For example, if your visa expires and you request asylum protection, USCIS may place you in removal proceedings if they deny your application.
If you are placed in deportation proceedings, one of two things will happen. You may be arrested and detained by ICE officials. Our Brooklyn deportation defense attorneys can help you secure a bond hearing and negotiate your release in advance of your hearing.
Alternatively, you may receive a Notice to Appear (NTA). This document states you are being targeted for removal, explains the charges, and specifies a date for your hearing. If you receive an NTA, immediately seek legal representation. We can help you understand the charges and begin preparing your defense.
Your initial hearing, called the “master calendar hearing,” is largely a formality. You will appear before the immigration judge, who will review the charges. You (and your legal representative) can tell the judge you believe you qualify for some form of relief, at which point a second hearing will be scheduled.
At the “merit hearing,” you will present your case for relief. The specifics will depend on the type of relief you are seeking.
You must attend all scheduled removal hearings, no matter what. If you do not appear, deportation efforts will be accelerated, and an automatic order of removal will be issued.
Depending on the unique facts of your case, you may qualify for one or more relief options. Some defenses will involve arguing the government’s allegations are unfounded. If the grounds for removal are legitimate, you will need to explore other remedies.
Our team at Usher Law Group can assist you with many types of removal relief, including:
- Family-Based Immigration. If you have an immediate relative who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, they may be able to sponsor you for a green card.
- Asylum. If you have previously experienced persecution or fear future persecution in your home country due to your race, nationality, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinions, you may be able to obtain asylum status and remain in the United States.
- Cancellation of Removal. This relief opportunity may be available if you have lived in the U.S. for many years, have demonstrated good moral character, and have an immediate relative (who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident) who would experience “extreme hardship” if you were removed.
If you do not qualify for any type of deportation relief or if we exhaust all available strategies, it may be best to negotiate a voluntary departure. This allows you to leave the United States without a formal deportation on your immigration record, which will make it easier to reenter the country in the future. Our New York City deportation defense lawyers will always be pragmatic and advise if a voluntary departure is in your best interest.