One of the most difficult and highly complex areas of immigration law is deportation and removal proceedings. Often an individual’s most important rights are at stake in Deportation or Removal Proceedings -- their ability to live and work in the United States is at jeopardy. Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable immigration lawyer can make all the difference. At The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, P.L.L.C., it is our number one priority to protect our clients’ best interest by providing experienced, knowledgeable, and aggressive representation to make sure no person is unjustly deported or removed from the United States.
There are a number of circumstances that could lead to an individual being placed in deportation or removal proceedings. The most common reasons immigrants or foreign visitors are placed in deportation or removal proceedings are:
- Referral from the asylum office;
- Misdemeanor or felony criminal conviction(s);
- Failure to maintain nonimmigrant status;
- Expiration of permanent resident status;
- Immigration violations;
- Unlawful employment; and/or
- Immigration fraud.
An individual is placed in Removal Proceedings by issuance of a Notice to Appear (formerly called an Order to Show Cause). The Notice to Appear will list several allegations and cite the law under which the alien is removable. Proceedings before the Immigration Court generally consist of a Bond Hearing, if the alien has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Removal Hearings. At the Bond Hearing, the Immigration Judge will consider evidence and determine whether an individual should be released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on bond while Removal Proceedings are pending.
At a Master Calendar Hearing, an individual will have to admit or deny the allegations in the Notice to Appear, concede or deny removability, and inform the Immigration Judge of any relief he or she will be applying for to avoid being removed from the United States. Subsequently, an Immigration Judge will schedule the case for an Individual Merits Hearing. The alien’s attorney will present documentary evidence and elicit testimony from the alien as well as the alien’s family members and any expert witnesses to support the individual’s claim for relief. The attorney for the Department of Homeland Security will also be given an opportunity to present documentary evidence and to cross-exam any witnesses presented by the alien’s attorney. After hearing all of the testimony and considering any documentary evidence submitted, the Immigration Judge will make a determination if the alien can remain in the United States or will have to leave the country.
At The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, P.L.L.C., we understand the worries, fears, anxieties, and stress an individual and their family may experience when faced with deportation or removal from the United States. We do our best to put the individual and their family members at ease. Before our Firm agrees to represent an individual in Removal Proceedings, we evaluate the individual’s case to determine whether immigration relief is available to the individual. In cases where the individual is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, we also determine whether the individual is eligible for release from custody on bond. We are dedicated to fighting your removal from the United States by assisting the individual in filing the appropriate petitions, obtaining necessary documentary evidence, preparing the individual to testify, representing the individual before the Immigration Court and if necessary, filing motions to reconsider/reopen and/or appeals.
We provide representation to clients at all hearings before the Immigration Court, including Bond, Master and Individual Merit’s Hearings throughout the United States. Individuals who are placed in Removal Proceedings or their family members can contact The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, P.L.L.C