A Leading Law Firm In Deportation Hearings And Removal Defense
Deportation can be a traumatic and lonely moment in life. Immigrants who are being threatened with deportation back to their home countries or exclusion from the United States often feel like they have no one on their side. Nothing could be further from the truth.
At Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, our lawyers have devoted themselves to defending people in removal proceedings throughout the United States. Our attorneys will vigorously defend you every step of the way. Contact us immediately after you learn of a possible deportation.
When Does A Person Face Deportation?
There are specific reasons that the government initiates deportation proceedings. If you face criminal allegations or violate the terms of your visa, for instance by overstaying your visa, the Department of Homeland Security may choose to begin an investigation. Rest assured that they cannot just decide to deport you or do so because someone threatens to get you deported. Our attorneys ensure that they follow appropriate protocol for every investigation.
The Next Step Is A Notice To Appear
After a person is arrested or undergoes an investigation, a removal proceeding is scheduled to determine whether he or she will be deported. The immigrant receives a “Notice to Appear” (NTA) from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the federal government’s Department of Homeland Security. This begins the formal legal process with the courts.
Understanding Removal Proceedings
The removal proceeding is presided over by an immigration judge, who hears arguments from both the immigrant’s attorney and the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), the government agency seeking deportations. The judge then hands down an order of termination, relief from removal, or a removal.
The laws pertaining to removal proceedings can be confusing and often change. In 1993, it was known as “exclusion and deportation,” but the new deportation law in 1997 renamed deportation “removal” and put exclusion cases in circuit courts. With 60 combined years of experience in immigration matters, our attorneys have extensive knowledge of all removal laws and can use that knowledge to your benefit.
What Happens If You Commit A Crime?
A criminal act, especially a violent one, puts your immigration status at risk. Depending on the details of the allegation, you may be at risk for deportation pending your charges. Along with our many years of experience as immigration deportation lawyers, we also have tremendous experience in all kinds of criminal cases.
Past Successes In Immigration Deportation
The lawyers of Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, have helped many people avoid deportation. One client was seeking citizenship, but he had a criminal conviction and was facing removal. We demonstrated that he gave a guilty plea without being informed of its consequences for immigration purposes, causing his original criminal charges to be dismissed and ending all removal proceedings.
With the threat of deportation over, we then began work getting our client citizenship. However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) then told us that they intended to deny the application because of the conviction. Attorney Scott Bratton filed a comprehensive response that convinced the USCIS to grant naturalization.
Contacting Our Law Offices
We are glad to speak with you about your immigration options and to review your deportation or removal case. To begin, call us right away at 866-837-6806 or send us an email. Time is of the essence. Our offices serve immigrants across the nation.