As an immigrant still awaiting citizenship or permanent residency, the threat of deportation from the United States is like a dark cloud hanging over you at all times. Even worse is the fact that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is implementing stricter measures to apprehend undocumented residents. There’s also rising concern about the uncertain future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
If you’re facing possible deportation, it’s time to onboard the services of a competent deportation attorney in Tampa. At Tampa Immigration Law Center, we’re all about providing the best possible help for all your immigration law needs. Here are the top three things you can expect from our deportation defense services.
Deportation proceedings are anything but simple. The various terminologies thrown around alone can be incredibly confusing, plus there’s really no telling how the immigration judge will rule. It’s also important to note that immigration court proceedings are somewhat different than normal court proceedings, especially since there’s no jury present.
The first thing we do as your deportation defense attorneys is to break down all the legal jargon and complex terms involved in the proceedings. This ensures that we’re on the same page and that we can mount a proper defense based on the circumstances of your case.
We will analyze your immigration history and walk you through the steps involved in the process. We’ll also discuss your chances for a positive outcome with all honesty. If you were detained, we’ll work towards getting you released on bond.
The Master Calendar Hearing is the first official hearing following your Notice to Appear in immigration court. This is where we present your case to the immigration judge and determine whether the charges brought against you by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are true and constitute legal grounds for deportation.
Our goal here is to establish your credentials and where possible, apply for Cancellation Of Removal or 212(C) (relief from removal) Waivers. The main eligibility requirements for relief include:
It is critical to have your deportation lawyer at your Master Calendar Hearing because if you cannot provide any substantial reason to claim relief, the judge can order your deportation there and then. With a good attorney by your side, however, you will likely move on to the ‘Individual Hearing,’ where you can further plead your case and present evidence as to why you should be allowed to remain in the country.
If the immigration judge rules against you, our attorneys can help file an appeal on your behalf so you have another chance to present your argument and hopefully get a positive decision. If necessary, we can also take up your case with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The key to success here is to be able to provide a compelling argument backed by solid information. Keep in mind that filing an appeal doesn't mean your case will get reviewed afresh. It’s merely to determine whether the immigration judge made the right decision based on the information provided.
Our deportation attorneys can help you make the strongest argument possible, as well as prepare all the necessary exhibits, legal briefs, and character witnesses for your appeal hearing.
If you’re facing deportation proceedings, the time to act is now. Contact Tampa Immigration Law Center for a consultation today. Our team specializes in deportation defense and immigration law, and we’ve helped countless other immigrants like yourself to avoid removal from the U.S. Call (813) 443-0581 or reach us through our contact form to get started.