Deportation (Removal)

Deportation (removal) is a civil proceeding in which the federal government seeks to have a non-U.S. citizen, or “alien,” removed (deported) from the United States for violating immigration laws. The removal proceeding is commenced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has the discretion to “serve” an alien with a charging document called “Notice to Appear” (NTA) containing allegations of immigration law violations. When an Immigration Judge hears the case, there are two possible findings:

  • The alien is removable from the United States; or
  • The alien is eligible for a form of relief from removal.

If eligible, individuals in removal proceedings can apply for various immigration benefits. The most frequently requested forms of relief that are available to an alien who has been found to be removable are:

Discretionary Relief:

  • Voluntary Departure
  • Cancellation of Removal
  • Asylum
  • Withholding of Removal
  • Adjustment of Status

Administrative and Judicial Relief:

  • Motions to Reopen or Reconsider
  • Stay of Removal
  • Administrative Appeal
  • Judicial Review

Our removal services include:

  • Assistance with requests for release from detention/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody (jail visits by attorneys, Bond Motions, etc.)
  • Representation in front of the Immigration Court (Bond Hearings, Master Hearings, Individual Hearings)
  • Defensive Asylum/Withholding of Removal/Convention Against Torture relief (Form I-589)
  • Appeals of Immigration Judges Adverse Decisions to the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Motions with the Board of Immigration Appeals (Motions to Reopen, Reconsider, etc.)
  • Appeals of the Board of Immigration Appeals Adverse Decisions to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Motions with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Mandamus actions
  • Representation during Order of Supervision appointments at ICE
  • Representation for matters with Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) (assistance with money recovery, etc.)
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