Immigration reform is an ongoing process and because of it, many foreign nationals are being placed in deportation proceedings, even those that have no criminal record and have been living in the U.S. for decades.
There are several reasons why the U.S. deports foreign nationals living in Georgia or any other state within the country. If an individual were to be found guilty of committing a crime or participated in a criminal act, they could potentially be placed in the deportation proceedings and depending on the outcome of their case, be sent back to their native country. Some other reasons why immigrants find themselves at risk of being deported include:
- They pose as threat to public safety.
- They have violated their visa.
- Their visa application has been denied.
- Their green card application has been denied.
- Their naturalization application has been denied.
Although it can be frightening and stressful to learn that you have been placed in deportation proceedings, you should know that not all cases end with an individual being sent back to their home country. In fact, if you retain the right type of deportation attorney who can help convince the court that you should not be deported, you will be able to remain in the U.S. while your case is processed through the immigration court system. Aside from familiarizing yourself with some common factors that often lead to a foreign national being deported, there are some other important things the immigration attorneys here at Kuck Baxter Immigration believe you should be aware of.
- When an immigrant is placed in deportation proceedings, they could be held in a detention center prior to trial or deportation. When this happens, you must hire an Atlanta deportation lawyer immediately. A lawyer can request that ICE or, if necessary, the judge allow you to be released on bail while you wait for your trial date to arrive rather than have to spend an uncertain number of days in jail.
- If you are an undocumented immigrant facing removal proceedings, there is still a chance you could become a lawful permanent resident. There are numerous avenues to obtain residence from an immigration judge. This is usually accomplished by having a family member file a petition, showing exceptional hardship to a US citizen immediate family member, or “through asylum or through withholding of removal if you fear danger or persecution if you return to your home country.”
Now, because the U.S. government has been cracking down on undocumented immigrants and resorting to deportation, we do recommend you contact our immigration law firm located in Atlanta, GA if you or someone you know is living in the U.S. illegally.
Tip: If you or a family member of yours is not facing deportation but are living in Atlanta, GA without the proper documents that permit you to reside here legally, please contact our office as soon as possible. Our attorneys can assist you with getting the necessary paperwork filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) so that you do not put your freedom or chances of living/working in the U.S. in jeopardy.
- You may be able to appeal a certain type of deportation order. If a friend or relative of yours is facing deportation, they may qualify to appeal the order (with the help of a qualified deportation lawyer, of course) in an effort to remain in the U.S. It is best you seek legal advice before assuming you can appeal an order or taking any steps on your own.
- If your civil rights are violated at any point during deportation proceedings, you have the right to file a complaint. If an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer or other law enforcement officer violated your rights, you can file a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security.
- Rather than go through the removal proceedings, you may be eligible to leave the U.S. on your own. Given your case qualifies, you might be eligible to depart the U.S. voluntarily rather than go through the removal process given you wish to do so.
If you are an immigrant living in Atlanta and have been placed in removal proceedings or worry that you soon will be, now is the time to familiarize yourself on what your legal rights are. To do this, we recommend you contact Kuck Baxter Immigration to speak with one of our caring and knowledgeable Atlanta, GA deportation lawyers. While some cases take years to go through the deportation process, others are expedited and individuals are removed much quicker.
To prevent you from being separated from your family or friends, our team of lawyers is here to provide you with the legal assistance you need during this difficult time.
Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC is located at:
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350