Removal Proceedings

If you are removed or deported, it is extremely difficult to return to the United States. You can end up in Removal Proceedings for a variety of reasons:

  • Arrest at the border

  • Criminal Offense

  • Overstaying an expired visa

  • Residing in the U.S. without a visa

If you have been placed in Removal Proceedings, you likely need to apply for some form of relief. The following are two common scenarios.

If you have entered the country without inspection (for example Nogales or San Ysidro), it is possible to defend by requesting cancellation of removal. You need to show that:

  • You have been present in the United States for 10 years prior to being served a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court;

  • You have good moral character, and have not been convicted of certain crimes;

  • Your United States Citizen or Legal Permanent resident family would suffer exceptional and extremely unusual hardship if you were deported.

On the other hand, if you are a lawful permanent resident, it is possible to defend by requesting lawful permanent resident cancellation of removal. You need to show that:

  • you have been a permanent resident for at least five years;

  • you have lived lawfully in the United States for at least 7 years (for example, certain convictions within seven years of receiving LPR status may make you ineligibile);

  • You do not have any aggravated felony convictions

We are ready to help you. Call us and ask if your case meets these requirements. We can present your case in the best light possible by reviewing documents that you have been in the United States, for example, documents showing that you have family members in the United States who depend on you and that member of good standing in the community.

You deserve to stay in the United States. To schedule an initial consultation, please call our Tacoma Office at (253) 383-4200 or email us.

Wickens Law Group

We bring more than 20 years of combined success, effective experience and commitment to your needs to help you and your loved ones achieve the best possible outcome with your immigration, personal injury, workers' compensation, or criminal defense matters.

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To discuss any aspect of personal injury, workers' compensation, criminal defense or immigration issues with one of our Tacoma injury/immigration/criminal defense attorneys, call 253-383-4200 or e-mail us.