As someone attempting to build a comfortable life for yourself and your family in the United States, there is probably nothing more frightening than hearing that the United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) is targeting you for deportation or removal. Depending on how you were contacted by the USCIS, or even by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it might reasonably seem like you have no choice but to leave the U.S. Do not be intimidated into hopelessness, though. No matter how severe the wording of your notice of removal, there is usually always a way to come up with a deportation defense that keeps you in the country for longer.
Filing for a Cancellation of Removal
The most direct way to stop deportation is to file for cancellation of removal. In effect, cancellation of removal petition points out “selling points” about yourself to the USCIS to convince them that deportation is unwarranted. An effective cancellation of removal dives into complex areas of immigration law that requires an intricate legal analysis of your unique situation. Working with a deportation defense attorney is highly recommended to make certain you are bringing forth a convincing and legally valid case.
Alternatives to Stop Forced Deportation
If you are not eligible for the cancellation of removal, then you are still not out of deportation defense options. You can file for asylum if you have reason to believe that returning to your home country will put you in serious danger of violence or aggression. For example, the ongoing Yemeni Crisis places virtually all Yemeni citizens in danger. People from Yemen should file for asylum as soon as possible, even if a deportation order has already been issued.
You may also be able to stop deportation by voluntarily departing the United States on your own. Voluntary departures look much better on your immigration than deportation. Think of it like entering a guilty plea rather than being convicted by a court.
To get all of your deportation defense options laid out clearly for you, come to the Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden. Our San Francisco immigration lawyers proudly work with people from all corners of the globe who want to come to or stay in the United States. This is what we have been doing for 45+ years of collective practice experience, and what we will continue to do for many, many more.
You can reach us by calling (415) 300-2144 or via an online contact form. We look forward to helping you!