Fighting deportation without help from a lawyer is not an easy feat, which is why you must have legal counsel that is experienced in this area of law. If you get deported, the United States government can prevent you from coming back for at least several years. There are numerous reasons why someone may have received a Notice to Appear (NTA), such as:
- Their visa has expired due to overstay
- They are in the U.S. illegally
- They are working but violated visa terms
- They helped smuggle other immigrants to country
- They have committed a serious crime
- They put incorrect information on an immigration application
If you are facing deportation, you still have certain rights as an immigrant. You do have the option to have a hearing and obtain a lawyer, who can help you get prepared so you have a strong case to show in court. Evidence and testimonies can be influential in showing why you should remain in the country. Furthermore, you have the right to submit an appeal for the immigration court’s decision.
All in all, the deportation process often goes as follows:
- ICE serves the individual a Notice to Appear (NTA).
- The individual will be asked if they need time to hire a deportation lawyer.
- If proceeding without legal representation and eligible, the individual can apply for deportation relief.
- The individual will have a chance to give testimony and witness statements about their situation, and the judge will make a final decision.
If you are deported, you will have thirty days from that hearing decision to file an appeal. Your lawyer can help you complete the paperwork before sending it to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
If you are at-risk for deportation, contact an immigration lawyer at The Law Group of Iowa today for assistance.