Orlando Deportation Defense Lawyer
Can I be deported or removed from the United States?
There is no simple answer to this question. For non-US citizens there are several ways an individual may find themselves in removal (also known as deportation) proceedings. Some examples include:
- Violating your status by failing to follow the permissible activity within your visa category. For example: F-1 international student that does not attend their classes, or a tourist visa holder overstays their authorized period of stay on their I-94.
- Criminal convictions may lead to someone being charged as removable, even if this individual is a permanent resident and has a “green card.”
- Entering the country unlawfully without a proper visa, or with fraudulent documents.
What are Removal Proceedings?
- Removal proceedings (also known as deportation proceedings) is a court process initiated by the government to have an individual removed from the United States. Removal hearings are held at immigration courts. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an office of the United States Department of Justice. EOIR oversees immigration courts in the United States. If one is a Respondent in removal proceedings, it is crucial to have a qualified deportation defense attorney represent you during these proceedings. Orlando Immigration Court oversees individuals throughout the central Florida area. The immigration attorneys at Mubarak Law in Orlando defend individuals in deportation proceedings throughout Florida, and nationwide.
- With each unique case, our legal team will take the time needed to assess the best course of action for you as an individual by creating a custom case plan.
How are removal or deportation proceedings started?
Removal proceedings begin with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filing a ‘Notice to Appear’ with the immigration court. This document will list factual allegations as to why the government deems it necessary to remove the foreign national from the United States, as well as include removability charges against the individual under certain clauses of law.
Some defenses to deportation proceedings
It is critical that a person facing removal meet with an experienced deportation defense attorney to discover all defenses or forms of relief available.
Some relief or defenses include:
Cancellation of Removal:
There are two forms of cancellation of removal under Immigration and Nationality Act 240A:
(a) Cancellation of removal for certain permanent residents (240A(a)); and
(b) Cancellation of removal and adjustment of status for certain nonpermanent residents (240A(b)).
Cancellation of Removal for Certain Permanent Residents
(a) Cancellation of removal for certain permanent residents may occur in the case of an alien who is inadmissible or deportable from the United States if the alien--
(1) has been an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence for no less than 5 years
(2) has resided in the United States continuously for 7 years after having been admitted in any status, and
(3) has not been convicted of any aggravated felony
If you are a permanent resident in removal proceedings, please contact us today. There may be other forms of relief or defenses available to you in addition to cancellation of removal.
Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status for Certain Nonpermanent Residents
(b) Cancellation of removal and adjustment of status for nonpermanent residents may occur if the alien--
(1) has been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of not less than 10 years immediately preceding the date of such application;
(2) has been a person of good moral character during such period;
(3) has not been convicted of an offense under section 212(a)(2), 237(a)(3) [8 USCS 1182(a)(2), 1227(a)(2), or 1227(a)(3), (Some of the criminal activity includes, crimes involving moral turpitude, drug offenses, violent crimes, etc.. Please contact an immigration attorney if you have ANY criminal history) subject to paragraph (5) and;
(4) establishes that removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to the alien’s spouse, parent, or child who is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
Additional Defenses or Relief from Removal include
- Adjustment of Status or Readjustment of Status;
- Cancellation of removal, suspension of deportation, or similar forms of relief;
- Waivers of inadmissibility or deportability;
- Challenging the charges and allegations.
First and foremost, our legal team at Mubarak Law is committed to assert any possible defenses to removability. Since the risk of facing deportation can pose a threat to you and your loved ones, it is our focus to protect your rights and fight in your best interest. If our fight is successful, the deportation case will be terminated by the court, and the process of removal cancelled. Otherwise, the government will establish removability, and the individual will be ordered removed from the United States. For this reason, it is essential to have a highly experienced attorney represent you throughout the proceedings.
Right to appeal: Individuals ordered removed may appeal that decision before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Contact Our Experienced Deportation Defense Lawyers in Orlando
If you need help with any type of immigration matter or need additional information regarding deportation, please do not hesitate to call us today at (407) 502-3000. You may also fill out our online form and we will get back to you shortly. We have a 24-hour emergency service and offer a free initial phone consultation. We can assist you in English, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish.
5 Star Reviews
Our highly experienced immigration team has received numerous 5-star reviews from clients that have faced deportation. Below are some of them. Please follow the link to read more reviews!
August 26, 2016
★★★★★ Posted in Facebook by TB
The leader for immigration issues. Has helped my family a ton ranging from detention to deportation.
May 7, 2015
★★★★★ Posted in AVVO by N
I was one of Mr. Mubarak's first client. Attorney Mubarak is TRUSTWORTHY, PROFESSIONAL, AND VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. My husband's case very difficult. Our family were living in fear of losing my husband to deportation. I could not imagine how I would have managed with our 2 children if my husband wasn't here with us. We struggled with this case and went to three different attorneys, until we met ATTORNEY MUBARAK. Attorney Mubarak is a KIND, PATIENT, and definitely the most HARD WORKING Attorney we have ever met. He was always there to calm our fears with his knowledge of the law. I have no hesitation in recommending Attorney Mubarak. He is dedicated and loyal and he is willing to go the distance for his clients. He certainly did his very best for us. Today our family is together and stronger because of Attorney Mubarak. We will always be grateful for his presence in our lives. God led us to him!
- How long does the deportation process take?
- Cancellation of removal processing time
- What happens if cancellation of removal is denied?
- Who qualifies for cancellation of removal?
- Can you appeal a voluntary departure?
- Does marriage to a US citizen stop the deportation/removal process?
- Can a deportation/removal order be reversed?
- Can you stop deportation/removal?
- How do I know if I have a deportation order?
*** Pursuant to the rules of the Florida Bar, you are advised that if past results are mentioned, each case is different and those provided may not be representative of future results obtained by the lawyers.
2018 - Same Sex Marriage/ Reopening Deportation: In 1989 our client entered the United States legally with a tourist visa, he filed a timely asylum application, which eventually would be denied. He was married to his spouse, however, in 2006 the federal government didn’t recognize same-sex marriages. Our client had an order of deportation.
Attorney Mubarak was retained in 2015 to help the couple. Mr. Mubarak was able to obtain an approval of an I-130, after the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize same- marriages. The next step was successfully reopening the deportation order against our client. Once the case was reopened, we terminated and sought adjustment of status. His case was finally approved in spring of 2018.
2015/2016 - Cancellation of Removal./ Board of Immigration Appeals Attorney Mubarak represented a client in Removal Proceedings. Client was a permanent resident, who was charged with an aggravated felony, making him ineligible for Cancelation of Removal. Attorney Mubarak contested the allegation that the conviction was an aggravated felony, and filed for asylum due to client’s fear of returning to Mexico. Immigration Judge denied cancellation, but granted withholding of removal. Attorney Mubarak appealed the immigration judge’s decision, argued it was not an aggravated felony, and won! Client’s status as permanent resident was restored.
2014 Cancelation of Removal for Non Permanent Residents/Deportation Defense: A young family, of Colombian nationals were present in the United States without status for more than 12 years. The clients were in deportation proceedings. Attorney Mubarak successfully handled their deportation defense case, and the couple’s application for cancelation of removal was approved. The clients are now legal permanent residents of the United States.
2014- Deportation Defense/ 212i Waiver for Fraud: Client was accused of committing fraud to obtain an immigration benefit 20 years ago, client was married more than 5 times. The client’s marriages were accused of being fraudulent. Attorney Mubarak successfully represented him in removal proceedings, client’s most current marriage was deemed legitimate. The client was not deported, his 212(i) waiver was approved. He is now a legal permanent resident.
2012- Motion to Reopen and Rescind an In Abstentia Order of Removal: Client was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge, but was not aware of the removal order because he never received notice of the hearing. Outcome: Case was successfully reopened and the order of removal rescinded.
2012- Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) case: Prior to Attorney Mubarak’s representation, Client was granted asylum in 2005, a few years later the Department of Homeland Security reopened his case and accused the client of providing fraudulent documents to support his asylum case. The client’s asylee status was revoked, an order of deportation was entered. Client hired Attorney Mubarak to take over the appeal to the BIA. Attorney Mubarak successfully argued the case was improperly reopened, the evidence questioned of fraud should not be considered material, and his asylee status to be reinstated. Client is currently a legal permanent resident.
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Orlando - Florida 32801
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