Facing a threat of deportation from the United States is frightening, but it doesn’t necessarily signify the end of your life here in the United States. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Montgomery County deportation defense lawyer from Cohen & Patel to learn more about some of the best potential defenses against deportation and how our legal team can help. We proudly represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, including in East Norriton, Norristown, and throughout the United States. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What Are Some of the Best Potential Defenses Against Deportation?
The first step in fighting deportation is identifying the right legal avenue. “Cancellation of Removal” is a powerful tool for permanent residents and non-permanent residents alike. For permanent residents, this requires proving continuous residence for at least seven years in the U.S., no aggravated felony convictions, and demonstrating that deportation would cause extreme hardship to U.S. citizen or permanent resident relatives. Non-permanent residents must show extraordinary circumstances, such as being in the U.S. for ten years, having good moral character, and proving that deportation would cause exceptional hardship to U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relatives.
How Can Asylum Claims Help?
Asylum is another robust defense. To qualify, one must demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution in their home country based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. This process, intricate and demanding, requires thorough documentation and often, compelling personal testimony.
Are There Other Forms of Relief?
Yes, other forms exist. “Adjustment of Status,” for instance, involves changing from a non-immigrant to a lawful permanent resident, usually through family or employment sponsorship. The “U Visa” offers protection to victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials. The “T Visa” serves victims of human trafficking, providing a pathway to lawful status for those who assist in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking.
Other Effective Deportation Defense Strategies
- Cancellation of Removal: Demonstrating continuous residence, lack of serious criminal history, and extreme hardship to relatives.
- Asylum: Proving a well-founded fear of persecution based on specific criteria.
- Adjustment of Status: Transitioning from a non-immigrant to a lawful permanent resident through family or employment.
- U Visa: For victims of certain crimes who assist law enforcement.
- T Visa: Assisting victims of human trafficking in gaining lawful status.
Navigating the complexities of immigration law, especially when facing deportation, is a daunting task. However, with the right immigration lawyer in your corner, you can have peace of mind, knowing your case is in good hands. If you have any further questions or are currently facing the prospect of deportation from the United States, please don’t hesitate to contact Cohen & Patel today.