Immigration Removal and Deportation Lawyer
Chicago Immigration Removal & Deportation Lawyers
Call for Help from Experienced Legal Professionals
Ray Law International is a top law firm for deportation and removal services. We have spent the past 20 years fiercely advocating for members of our community who are dealing with these difficult immigration matters.
We pride ourselves on the level of care and attention we are able to give our clients and are honored to work with families and individuals who are facing removal.
I Have Received a Notice to Appear, What Do I Do?
If you have received a Notice to Appear (NTA), you may be confused about what it means, why it was sent to you, and what you can do about it. It is natural to experience a flood of emotions when receiving this notice, but it is important to remember that there may be many options available to you when going through this process.
A Notice to Appear is a document that indicates the beginning of removal proceedings against you. NTAs can be sent through the mail to your last known address or to the address of your attorney (if you have one), or they may be served in person by an immigration officer.
Receiving a Notice to Appear alerts you that you are required to appear in immigration court at a date specified in the NTA, or on a date that will be set in the future. At the hearing, you will be required to plead the charges against you. Pleading is the process by which you admit to or deny the claims brought against you.
According to federal law, NTAs must leave 10 days in between the time you receive the Notice and the day you are scheduled to appear in immigration court for the first time. You have the right to waive the 10-day notice in order to appear before immigration court sooner. This may be in your interest if you are being held in custody by immigration officials and are not issued a bond or are not able to afford a bond payment.
It is important to go over all the information in the NTA and familiarize yourself with the allegations within the document, looking for any mistakes that may be present. If you are able, it is highly recommended to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney will be able to assess your situation and help you identify whether or not you are eligible for relief.
Cancellation of removal for non-permanent residents can be an incredibly important and useful defense for individuals in removal proceedings. This immigration benefit is only available to non-citizens with family members in the U.S. and has many specific eligibility requirements.
The benefit consists of a non-permanent resident applying to the court to have their status changed from a deportable non-citizen to an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
In the event a person is granted a cancellation of removal, they receive a green card. However, the process and eligibility requirements for cancellation of removal benefits are very different from traditional green card applications and other forms of deportation defense.
If you are curious about whether you may be eligible for this immigration benefit, speaking with a lawyer is incredibly important. Attorneys are highly experienced in dealing with these matters and will be able to help you determine if this defense is the right fit for you.
Individuals in the U.S. without permanent residence or citizenship may be served with a Notice to Appear (NTA) if they are convicted of a serious crime or if they are in the country unlawfully.
An NTA does not directly mean that a person will be deported but is rather a notification that the deportation process is being signaled and started. In order for deportation to occur, there must be a hearing wherein the immigrant appears before a judge who will decide whether or not removal is necessary.
There are many strategies that may help when fighting removal, and finding the best plan of action for you is best done with the help of a lawyer.
Some strategies that may be applied to your case include:
- Discouraging ICE from pursuing the case
- Utilizing the presence of any error or defect in the NTA
- Applying for asylum and/or other protections against violence
- Cancellation of removal
- Voluntary departure
- Winning the case in court
There are more defense strategies that may be suitable for your situation. Whatever your unique conditions may be, Ray Law International is prepared to find the best avenue available to you in order to protect you and your family.
If you are dealing with an immigration removal matter, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices for a complimentary consultation today.
The attorneys at Ray Law International are committed to providing clients in the United States and abroad with effective, innovative immigration solutions. We find fulfillment in advocating for our clients by helping them understand the immigration process and reach their goals. We offer services in English, Spanish, and Japanese.