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BEING DETAINED BY IMMIGRATION CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR RESIDENCY
Many people faced with deportation/removal quickly realize that they can apply to fix their immigration status before the immigration judge. Once over the shock of the arrest, and the posting of a bond or release from custody, many of our clients hire us to apply for residency, work permits or even to close their cases under the new prosecutorial discretion policy. Even if ICE does not offer a bond, or the amount is too high, our office can ask the immigration judge for a bond, or seek to lower the amount.
For many people, applying for relief before the immigration judge is actually an opportunity that does not exist for people not placed in removal proceedings. For instance, people who entered the U.S. illegally, have been physically present in the U.S. for at least ten years, and have certain qualifying relatives, can pro-actively apply for “Cancellation of Removal” which results in legal permanent residency. While these cases are pending (sometimes up to three years), the applicant can obtain permission to work! It is highly advisable to speak to an experienced immigration attorney about your options in removal proceedings before going to your next court date.
Other options include applying for asylum/Convention Against Torture, adjustment of status, NACARA or review of TPS, or even termination following a motion to suppress (contesting removability). With the probability of sweeping comprehensive immigration reform, it makes total sense to “be here” for that day and use the removal process as a means to apply for relief. Even people who were previously removed/deported may apply to re-open their cases to apply for new relief, which might include legalization created under the rubric of comprehensive immigration reform.Thus, being detained by ICE may actually be an opportunity to apply for residency. Call us right away if you or someone you know is detained by ICE. We are immediately available to stop and fight deportation.
Call us NOW for a removal case evaluation at 1-866-892-9264. We represent people before all U.S. immigration courts.