Richmond Deportation Lawyer
Fayad Law, P.C. creates legal strategies to help Richmond residents stay in the United States.
Until you are a naturalized citizen, the United States government can start deportation proceedings. The government can try to deport you for a variety of reasons, ranging from criminal convictions to failing to let the USCIS know that you moved. You might think that once deportation proceedings have started, you can’t do anything to stay in the United States. Fortunately, you have legal options to fight back against deportation.
A Richmond deportation lawyer from Fayad Law, P.C. will personally review your case and develop a strategy based on the evidence. We have helped numerous Richmond residents fight deportation, so contact us today.
Reasons for Deportation
Fayad Law, P.C. has represented immigrants in various deportation cases. Common reasons for deportation include:
- Failure to maintain immigration status
- Criminal convictions
- Breaking immigration laws
- Receiving government assistance
- Illegal border crossing
- Failure to report a change of address
These are just some of the reasons that immigrants get deported. A Richmond deportation lawyer from Fayad Law, P.C. can provide legal guidance and support, regardless of the reason for the proceedings.
Why Choose Fayad Law, P.C.
- Covers All Aspects of Immigration Law – We help clients with citizenship and naturalization, appeals and bonds, asylum, and other aspects of immigration law.
- Multilingual – We are fluent in English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish, allowing us to provide legal services to immigrants from around the world.
- More than 20 Years of Experience – Our experienced legal team understands the immigration system, and we use our legal experience and insight when representing our clients. Our first-hand experience as immigrants also helps our clients navigate the complex immigration system.
- Personal Attention – As a boutique law firm, we limit our caseload to ensure we can provide personal attention to each client that we serve.
- Ethical and Sound Legal Counsel – Nash Joseph Fayad has a reputation for providing ethical and sound legal counsel and was appointed to serve as Special Counsel to the Commonwealth of Virginia for all immigration matters.
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Do You Qualify For An Adjustment Of Status?
You might qualify for an adjustment of status, which will allow you to avoid removal. Your Richmond deportation lawyer will determine if your child, parent, or spouse is a green cardholder or U.S. citizen. If so, you can then apply to become a permanent lawful citizen. Your attorney can also help you continue the process if you want to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Once you are naturalized, you won’t have to worry about being deported. The United States will become your home country, so you cannot be removed.
Cancellation Of Removal For Green Cardholders And Others
Many immigrants qualify for a cancellation of removal. If you are a green cardholder who has been a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, you might be eligible. You also must prove that you’ve lived in the country continuously for the last seven years. Your record must be free of aggravated felony convictions. Finally, you are only eligible if you have not previously received a cancellation of the removal order.
If you are a non-lawful permanent resident who has lived in the country for at least 10 years, your Richmond deportation lawyer can help you get a cancellation of the removal order. You cannot have any disqualifying criminal convictions and must demonstrate that you have good moral character. Finally, you must have a close family member that is a lawful permanent resident and would face hardship if you were deported. The family member must be a child under the age of 21, a parent, or a spouse.
Can You Appeal A Decision?
Your Richmond deportation lawyer can file an appeal if the judge issues an order of removal. If you have legal grounds to file an appeal, you have 30 days from the date of removal to file it. Once filed, the judge will issue a stay, meaning you can remain in the country while going through the appeals process. Your attorney will gather evidence to support the appeal and then argue your case at the hearing.
Is Voluntary Departure The Right Choice?
Your goal is to stay in the United States. However, if the evidence is against you and you are certain to receive an order of removal, a voluntary departure might be the right choice. If you receive an order of removal, it will stay on your record, making it harder to come back to the United States at a later date. A voluntary removal keeps your record clean, so you can try to come back to the country. Your Richmond deportation lawyer will review the specifics of your case to help you decide if you should fight the order in court or choose a voluntary departure.
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FAQs - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are dozens of different types of visas available under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), but they can all be placed in one of two categories: immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The former is for individuals who are hoping to establish permanent residency with a green card and perhaps even to pursue the path to naturalization and citizenship. The latter is for those who are only planning a temporary visit to the United States, such as for the purpose of conducting business or attending school.
The INA sets limits on the number of people who will be permitted to immigrate to the United States each year using certain types of visas, while other visas are unlimited. Family immigration visas for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are available on an unlimited basis, while there are annual quotas set for the relatives of lawful permanent residents and extended family of citizens, with a maximum quota of 480,000. The number of employment immigration visas is limited to 140,000 per year.
Pathways to citizenship include service in the United States military and adoption, but a large percentage of all people who become citizens do so through the process of naturalization. The basic qualifications for naturalization include:
- Living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 5 years (or 3 years for a spouse of a U.S. citizen)
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Living within the state where you will apply for citizenship for at least 3 months prior to the application date
- Being physically present in this country for at least half of the past 5 years
- Maintaining continuous residence in this country from the date you submit your application for naturalization
- Being able to read, write and speak English
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. government and civics
It is also necessary to supply evidence that you are a person of good moral character and are attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution. We can assist you with proving these factors, as well as preparing your petition and helping you get ready for the tests.
In June of 2012, the Obama Administration directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to begin applying a policy that is referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Under deferred action, DHS is exercising discretion in its execution of the laws concerning deportation and removal of immigrants who are illegally present in the United States. Deferred action is not a change to the existing law, but is instead a change in the way that the law is being applied. You may qualify for relief under DACA if you were younger than 31 years of age on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday, have continuously resided in this country since June 15, 2007 and are either currently in school or have already graduated from high school or earned your general education development (GED) certificate, among other criteria. With deferred action, you may be able to avoid being deported, though it does not grant any change of immigration status.
In its review of immigrant visa petitions, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) weighs factors related to the ties that the prospective immigrant has in the United States and the reasons why he or she wants or needs to come to live in this country. For example, a family immigration petition will not be approved unless the foreign national has immediate relatives such as a spouse, mother or father, child or sibling already living here as a citizen or green card holder. An employment immigration petition is more likely to receive approval if the applicant has a job offer in this country and is coming to fill a position that cannot reasonably be filled from the local labor market. A foreign national who is fleeing persecution in his or her home country may be granted an immigrant visa as a refugee or asylee.
There are many strategies for challenging a removal action. If the proposed deportation is based on a criminal conviction, it may be possible to appeal the conviction in order to have it overturned. Another option is to petition for cancellation of removal, a type of immigration relief which is available to people who are of good moral character and whose deportation would subject a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident to extreme hardship. The key to success in stopping deportation is to take immediate action by hiring a Virginia immigration attorney from our firm as soon as possible. Contact us now at Fayad Law, P.C. for a confidential consultation and to let us get started on your case!
Fayad Law, P.C. maintains offices in Richmond and Fairfax, Virginia. We work with individuals, families, and businesses across the world, providing them with assistance in resolving the legal issues involved with helping their loved ones and employees to immigrate to the United States. We work directly with foreign nationals living abroad, guiding them through the process of obtaining immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for entry to the U.S.