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NYC Lawyers Fighting Deportation

We can help protect your rights during removal proceedings

While not a criminal process, deportation can be just as frightening as if you were facing criminal charges. Your entire future in the United States is at stake. If the situation is not handled properly, deportation may force you to leave the United States and make it very difficult to return legally in the future. Consequently, deportation requires immigration authorities to provide strict proof that you meet the requirements for removal. An experienced NYC deportation defense lawyer can hold immigration authorities accountable for any weaknesses in the case against you and determine if you qualify for any exceptions that could keep you in the United States.

When a person may be removed

One of the most common reasons a person can be deported is for entering the country without inspection in the first place. This can include entering without inspection, such as by stowing away on a ship or surreptitiously crossing a border. It can also include entering the U.S. using fake documents. Even if you did enter the United States legally with a valid visa, you may become deportable if you violate the terms of that visa. Last, a person otherwise in the country legally can become deportable if convicted of certain crimes.

Resisting deportation

Deportation proceedings can be lengthy, but the government has the burden of showing that you are indeed deportable. Nevertheless, basing your defense solely on the government’s inability to meet this burden is rarely a sound strategy. An experienced deportation attorney can also investigate the availability of affirmative defenses, such as exceptional hardship to a family member or may attempt to convince the Justice Department to exercise its discretion to withhold deportation. This discretion may also be exercised if other mitigating factors exist.

People facing deportation proceedings can also potentially qualify for an adjustment of status if they would otherwise qualify for legal permanent residency:

  • As a spouse or family member of a citizen
  • As an asylee or refugee
  • As an employee or investor
  • As a person of extraordinary ability
  • Through human rights programs

Additionally, the new deferred action program may be an option for those who entered the United States as children. Not all such programs are well known, and many have numerous complex and nuanced requirements. It takes an experienced immigration attorney to fully advise those facing deportation of the many strategies available.

Contact our firm if you or a loved one is facing removal

With an experienced and compassionate staff that includes a former litigator for INS, our team at Bretz & Coven, LLP is ready to defend your rights during NYC deportation proceedings. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City today at 212-267-2555 or online for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems.  For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal and Fraudulent Conduct
The immigration consequences of criminal or fraudulent conduct can be harsh and often illogical. Even a very minor offense could have a dramatic immigration consequence, including deportation, detention without bond, being denied naturalization, a visa or re-entry into the United States. Likewise, the use of fake or fraudulent documents, aliases, and other misrepresentations can have similar immigration consequences. Kerry Bretz and Bretz & Coven have been counseling non-citizen criminal defendants, as well as their lawyers, for over 20 years. We have a long history of strategizing deportation and removal defenses, as well as applications for waivers, in very complicated cases.

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"Was trying to get Green Card since about 7 years. Finally when I switched to this law firm I was able to get green card very fast with great confidence. Big thanks to Eileen, Kerry, Manjit and Olga." - Dinesh, Kansas

""With an extensive criminal history: over 14 arrests, 2 State prison bids and several felony convictions no lawyer wanted my case in 2010. Thanks to the experts at Bretz & Coven who worked diligently and with precision, today I am a United States citizen." - E.A. Brooklyn, NY

"Absolutely one the best, if not the best immigration attorneys. They helped from start to finish in my green card process. At no point was I blind-sided by anything. Simply amazing!" - Leon B. Jersey City,

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