Preparing For Removal: What To Expect
If you live in the United States and do not have the correct documentation, you dread one thing more than any other: deportation.
The Law Office of Rosa Maria Berdeja understands how painful the deportation process can feel. Although we fight our hardest for every client to be able to remain in the U.S., there are some situations where this is just not possible. If you are facing deportation, it is important to understand what the process entails so that you know what to expect and how to prepare.
What Are The Removal Steps?
- First, the Department of Homeland Security will serve you with a Notice to Appear. This is the official document that initiates removal proceedings.
- Second, you will receive a notice of hearing, instructing you to appear before an immigration judge.
- Third, you will attend the first hearing, which is known as a master hearing. This is the court appearance in which the judge determines how your case will proceed. If the judge decides that there are grounds for deportation, you may have the opportunity to seek relief from deportation.
- Fourth, you will file any applications for relief that you wish to pursue before the immigration court.
- Finally, you will attend an individual hearing, or trial, where the immigration judge will decide if you can remain in the U.S. or order you removed. You or your attorney will have the chance to present your argument to the court.
- Even if the judge does rule to deport you, you can still file an appeal. At the very least, this can buy you some time.
Get Help Preventing Deportation
The removal process is never easy to face. At The Law Office of Rosa Maria Berdeja, we will give an honest assessment of your chances of removal. If it is at all possible to delay or prevent deportation, we will fight tirelessly to help you. If removal is inevitable, we will be completely honest with you, and we will help you prepare for the process.