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Downers Grove Deportation Defense Attorney

Naperville deportation and removal defense lawyer

Immigration Lawyers Assisting With Removal Cases in DuPage County, and Will County

People who are not U.S. citizens often establish a life for themselves and their families in the United States. Unfortunately, this life can be threatened due to run-ins with immigration authorities or law enforcement officials. Even those who have lived and worked in the U.S. for many years may face the threat of deportation. In these cases, it is crucial to obtain representation from an attorney who is experienced in cases involving removal from the United States.

The lawyers of SBK Law Group know the high stakes of immigration cases, and we can help you understand your rights when you are facing deportation. With over 25 years of combined experience, we understand the complex issues involved in removal hearings, and we are prepared to work with you to protect your ability to maintain your home in the United States.

Defenses Against Deportation

In many cases, deportation cases begin when undocumented immigrants, people with immigrant or non-immigrant visas, or Green Card holders are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This may occur because an immigrant has been charged or convicted of a criminal offense, because their visa has expired, or because they are suspected of being in the U.S. unlawfully. A person will then be served with a "notice to appear" (NTA) either in person or by mail that gives a hearing date for a Master Calendar hearing before an Immigration Judge (IJ). At this hearing, an Immigration Judge determines whether they are subject to deportation from the U.S.

There are a variety of potential defenses against removal, including:

  • Cancellation of removal - This option may be available to Green Card holders who have been lawful permanent residents for at least five years, have continuously resided in the United States for at least seven years, and have not been convicted of any aggravated felonies. Non-Green Card holders may also be eligible for cancellation of removal and adjustment of status if they have immediate family members who are U.S. citizens or Green Card holders, and the family would suffer extreme hardship due to the deportation. In these cases, an immigrant must have resided in the U.S. continuously for 10 years, they must be "of good moral character," and they must not have committed any crimes involving moral turpitude or other certain crimes that Immigration has determined to be an aggravated felony or a controlled substance offense.
  • Asylum - If deportation would cause someone to experience persecution because of their religion, race, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinions, they may be able to remain in the U.S. as an asylee.
  • Waiver of inadmissibility - An immigrant may face removal due to issues that would make them inadmissible to the United States, including health concerns, past criminal convictions, or illegal entry to the U.S. In some cases, a person may apply for a waiver of some or all of these grounds for inadmissibility. These waivers may be available if deportation would cause hardship for a person's family members.
  • Crime victims - Immigrants who have suffered physical or mental harm due to crimes such as spousal abuse may be able to receive a U visa that will allow them to live and work in the U.S. as a nonimmigrant, as long as they are willing to work with law enforcement to assist in the investigation and prosecution of these crimes. If the spousal abuse was committed by a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card holder), then the immigrant could qualify to adjust status to a Green Card through the Violence Against Womens Act (VAWA). Victims of human trafficking may be able to receive a T visa, which will permit them to remain in the U.S. as a nonimmigrant.

Contact a DuPage County Deportation Lawyer

If you face potential deportation from the United States, our attorneys will work with you to determine the best strategy for defending against removal and allowing you to continue living with your family, working in your career, and contributing to American society. We will fight to protect your rights and help you address any immigration issues that affect you and your family. Contact us today by calling 630-427-4407. We assist with deportation and other immigration cases in Chicago, DuPage County, Cook County, Will County, Kane County, and Kendall County.

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