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Deportation Proceedings

Dealing with deportation proceedings can be a daunting experience for individuals and their families. It's a situation that demands legal experience and a compassionate approach. At Wogwu Law, we understand the stress and uncertainty of facing deportation from the United States. We're here to guide you through this complex process, ensuring you have the most robust possible defense. We aim to help you go through these challenging waters with confidence and dignity.

What Are Deportation Proceedings?

Deportation, also known as removal, is a formal process the United States government uses to require a non-citizen to leave the country legally. This action is typically taken because the individual has violated immigration laws, such as overstaying a visa, entering the country without proper authorization, or committing certain crimes. The terms "deportation" and "removal" are often used interchangeably, but "removal" is the more current legal term that encompasses all the grounds and procedures for deporting an individual from the United States.

The deportation process involves three primary stages:

  1. Initiation of Removal Proceedings: It begins when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), usually through its agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP), identifies individuals who may have violated U.S. immigration laws. These individuals are then served with a Notice to Appear (NTA), which formally notifies them that removal proceedings are being initiated against them. The NTA outlines the reasons for the deportation process and orders the individual to appear before an immigration judge. The issuance of the NTA marks the formal start of the removal proceedings.
  2. Issuance of a Deportation Order: After the initiation of removal proceedings, the case is brought before an immigration court, where an immigration judge hears the case. During the court proceedings, the individual can defend themselves against deportation, argue for relief or protection (such as asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, etc.), and present evidence and witnesses. If the judge decides against the individual, they will issue a deportation order. This order formalizes the decision that the individual must leave the United States.
  3. The Act of Removal/Deportation: The final stage occurs when the deportation order is carried out, and the individual is physically removed from the United States. The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for enforcing the deportation order. This stage involves arranging for the individual's travel back to their country of origin or another country that agrees to accept 

Removal Proceedings

Removal proceedings are critical to the deportation process, as they set the stage for all subsequent actions. Here are potential strategies for handling your case during these proceedings:

  • Legal Representation: One of the most important steps you can take is securing legal representation. An experienced immigration attorney can provide invaluable guidance, help you understand your rights, and represent you in court.
  • Seeking Relief: Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for certain forms of relief from removal, such as asylum (if you fear persecution in your home country), cancellation of removal (if you meet certain criteria, such as having lived in the U.S. for a specified period), or adjustment of status (if you are eligible to become a lawful permanent resident).
  • Preparation and Documentation: Gather and prepare all necessary documentation that supports your case. This may include evidence of your ties to the U.S., fear of persecution, and any other factors that may affect your eligibility for relief.
  • Voluntary Departure: In some cases, you may opt for voluntary departure, which allows you to leave the U.S. at your own expense within a specified period, avoiding the formal removal process. This option might have fewer long-term immigration consequences than deportation.
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How Wogwu Law Can Help

At Wogwu Law, we offer comprehensive legal services to those facing deportation proceedings. Our approach is personalized, recognizing that every client's situation is unique. We'll work closely with you to understand the specifics of your case, gathering all necessary documentation and evidence to build a solid defense. Whether it's applying for asylum, seeking cancellation of removal, or exploring other forms of relief, we're here to explore every avenue to help you remain in the United States.

Employers and Work Visa Concerns

For employers looking to support employees facing deportation proceedings, especially in cases involving work visas, Wogwu Law is here to assist. We understand the importance of retaining valuable international talent and are equipped to guide how to overcome these complex situations. Our team is committed to working with employers to ensure their workforce remains solid and compliant with U.S. immigration laws.

Contact Wogwu Law, an Experienced Immigration Attorneys

Facing deportation proceedings is challenging, but you don't have to go through it alone. Our team is ready to fight for your rights and work towards the best possible outcome for your case. Call 919-964-5472 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a dedicated Immigration Lawyer serving clients worldwide.

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