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NOTE: If you are not a United States citizen, it is wise to consult a experienced immigration attorney BEFORE pleading guilty or accepting any plea agreements! What you plea will determine whether the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin removal proceedings against you and whether you will be eligible for any relief from being deported. Please contact us immediately if you or someone you know and love is about to plea guilty to any criminal offense anywhere in the United States!

Deportation from the United States is the harshest punishment you could suffer for violating United States immigration laws and criminal laws. Many non-citizens all-too-often do not realize that even a minor infraction or a conviction, even if it occurred decades ago, could trigger deportation or removal proceedings. In many cases, you stand to suffer harsher immigration consequences than criminal consequences for a conviction.

Relief from Deportation or Removal

  • Cancellation of deportation or removal (for green card holders, non-green card holders and victims of abuse)
  • Waivers under former INA § 212(c) (only a narrow class of people are eligible for this)
  • Waivers under INA § 212(h), INA § 212(i) and INA § 237(a)(1)(H)
  • Suspension of deportation (virtually eliminated but still available to few)
  • Voluntary departure
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Asylum, Withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of United Nations Convention Against Torture
  • Removal of Conditions
  • Temporary Protected Status
  • T, U or V status

In many cases, you may be eligible for relief from removal; however, in some cases, you may not. This is why it is critical that you talk with an experienced immigration attorney if you believe something in your past could trigger removal proceedings or if you have been served with a document called Notice to Appear and are currently in removal proceedings. If you can talk with us before you are placed in removal proceedings, you will have a better idea of what options and deportation help are available to you and your family. But the sooner you talk with us, the better your chances are for presenting your case in the most favorable light.

If the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has initiated removal proceedings against you, you will be issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) in Immigration Court where you will have to appear before an Immigration Judge to fight the charges that DHS brings against you, whether they are due to a violation of the conditions of your visa, failure to have proper documentation to validate your entry into the United States, fraud, criminal charges or others.

Mary Teruya is an experienced attorney in the removal proceedings context and has successfully helped countless clients remain in the United States at the Immigration Judge level and the appellate level before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Eleventh Circuit Court.