Frequently Asked Questions
When ICE believes you are unlawfully present in the United States, it starts a process now known as removal proceedings (and previously known as deportation proceedings.) You will be served with a Notice To Appear (NTA) which is filed with the immigration court to start the process. The NTA outlines the charges against you which ICE believes makes you removable. Eventually, the immigration judge will determine whether you should be removed or allowed to stay. If the judge determines you should be removed or you do not go to court when you are told to, a removal order will be issued against you. A motion to reopen a deportation or removal order seeks to stop your removal and bring the case back before the judge.
NO! ICE is unlikely to cooperate with you. They are trying to reduce the number of people in deportation proceedings to concentrate on deporting criminal immigrants. Ten million people coming forward to put themselves into proceedings is not likely to accomplish their goal. Furthermore, if they do accept your case and put you into deportation proceedings it probably means they have classified you as a high priority case and will do everything they can to deport you as quickly as they can.
Here are some of the benefits of having a lawyer on your side.
- For anything potentially involving handcuffs.
- You have suffered bodily harm, been in an accident or caused one.
- You have need of immigration assistance. It is important to avoid a misstep because it may cost you much more ultimately than the lawyer’s fee.
- You are a victim of domestic violence.
- You have been subpoenaed.
- You have been threatened with a lawsuit.
- Someone is embezzling money.
- Financial problems can be overwhelming — when you are in financial crisis, it helps to know you have a bankruptcy and foreclosure attorney you can count on.
- You are getting a divorce or legal separation or child custody case.