It usually begins when a non-citizen is caught in the U.S. without proper documents, is alleged to have violated the terms of their green card or visa, or is alleged to have committed crime. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), may arrest you for deportation or begin immigration removal proceedings due to many reasons including status violation, criminal conviction, or unlawful entry.
As an immigrant, you will likely be served a Notice to Appear (NTA) from ICE explaining why you are being ordered to appear in court. You have a right to have an attorney represent you in court and it is extremely important that you hire an experienced deportation lawyer in Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit or whatever city you will need representation. Unlike U.S. citizens who are entitled to free legal representation, immigrants need to pay for their legal fees. An immigration lawyer’s fees are a necessary cost needed to develop a defense strategy, preserve your rights, and present the very best case possible to achieve a desirable outcome.
During removal proceedings, your case will be presided by and determined by a judge who will hear arguments from your immigration attorney and the U.S. Immigration Services. There are several types of relief from removal that may allow you to stay in the United States. The immigration attorneys at Herman Legal Group can advise on your best options which could be cancellation of removal or an adjustment of status.