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Imagine spending months or years making a home in the U.S., then being
forcibly removed and sent back to your country of origin. This is what
hundreds of thousands of people endure every year. Deportation is a very
common occurrence in the United States, and has impacted millions of families.
If you or someone you love is in danger of being deported or detained,
consider hiring the services of Kanu & Associates, P.C. Our Phoenix
immigration attorney has been fighting to keep families together for over 15 years.
Reasons for Deportation
Deportation is the formal removal of a foreign individual from one country
to that individual's country of origin. Below are the most common
reasons for deportation.
Immigration Violation: Many people are deported for violating United States immigration laws in
some capacity. Some people enter the country illegally, some falsify their
documentation, and others allow their visas to expire.
Criminal Conviction: If an individual enters the U.S. legally, he may still be deported if he
is convicted of a serious crime within five years of admission. If the
individual's crime is punishable by more than one year in jail, he
will likely be deported.
The deportation process begins with an arrest. The Executive Office for
Immigration Review is responsible for ensuring that the arrested individual
receives a fair removal hearing, during which a judge examines the individual's
documentation, alleged crimes, and other information. An individual facing
deportation may choose to have an immigration lawyer present.
Ways to Halt Deportation
There are several ways in which an individual may gain relief from deportation.
- A skilled immigration lawyer may successfully argue for one of the following:
Adjustment of Status: If you are the parent, child, spouse, or widow of a U.S. citizen, you may
argue for an adjustment of status. If successful, you will become a lawful
Defensive Asylum: If you have a legitimate fear of returning to your country of origin, you
may be granted asylum. People are often granted asylum if they fear persecution
based on their religious beliefs, political ideas, or race. Immigration
judges hear defensive asylum cases in adversarial (courtroom-like) proceedings.
The judge determines whether the applicant will be granted asylum, whether
the applicant is eligible for other forms of relief from removal or whether
the applicant should be removed from the country.
Cancellation of Removal: A cancellation of removal may be granted if you have continuously lived
in the U.S. for 10 years without being convicted of a crime. A lawful
permanent resident may be granted cancellation of removal if he or she
has lived in the U.S. for at least seven years.
U Visa: This visa is used by victims of violent crimes. Intended to prevent criminals
from targeting undocumented immigrants, this type of visa can not only
halt deportation but may eventually result in a green card for the applicant.
Call Today for an Insider's Perspective
We know that facing the reality of deportation or the removal of a dear
family member can be one of the most emotional, frightening, and stressful
events in your life. We take the necessary time and effort to make certain
you are completely aware of your rights at this time. For our Phoenix
immigration lawyer, your confidence and trust matters most to us. Each
member of our firm works hard to make your dream of becoming a citizen
a reality. We have the resources to assist you throughout this process.
If you are concerned about an impending investigation or if your loved
one has been detained for removal, then do not wait any longer. Please
contact our firm at (602) 353-7795 immediately.