Short Hills Immigration Court Representation Services
Tireless Immigration Advocates
When you have spent years or even decades building a life in the United States, the prospect of removal can be terrifying. With so much at stake, you will need qualified and experienced representation to mount an effective defense and fight for your future.
Our Short Hills immigration court representation services are led by consultants that have handled over 10,000 cases and accumulated more than 50 years of combined professional experience. We are committed to championing the rights of immigrants everywhere and can fight for you if you have been detained or placed in removal proceedings. We are familiar with many removal defense and relief strategies and will work aggressively to secure a swift and favorable resolution.
Understanding Grounds for Removal
Any noncitizen, including lawful permanent residents with green cards, can be targeted for removal if they break certain rules. Even unintentional violations of a visa’s terms can trigger removal efforts.
Grounds for removal from the United States include:
- Accumulation of unlawful presence. A noncitizen accrues unlawful presence when they are physically present in the United States without lawful status. Overstaying an expired visa results in unlawful presence accumulation, as does entering the country unlawfully. Accumulating too much unlawful presence will render you inadmissible to the United States and prevent you from accessing certain immigration benefits without an inadmissibility waiver.
- Rejection of an adjustment of status request. Noncitizens can remain in the United States after their qualifying temporary visa expires if they are in the process of seeking an adjustment of status. If you lack any other lawful status and your request is denied, you will likely be targeted for removal. You may also be placed in removal proceedings if you attempt to seek an adjustment of status on a temporary visa that is not dual intent.
- Criminal convictions. Noncitizens will generally not be permitted to remain in the United States if they do not demonstrate “good moral character” or pose any threat to the security of the country. If you are convicted of one or more deportable offenses, which typically include felonies and serious misdemeanors, you may be targeted for removal.
Our Removal Relief Strategies
If you are detained or receive a Notice to Appear (NTA), you should seek representation as quickly as possible. Noncitizens are not entitled to government-provided counsel in matters of immigration court. Our Short Hills immigration court representation services evaluate every element of your case and will work to secure a bond hearing if you have been detained.
The relief and defense options available to you will depend on your unique circumstances. We will work closely with you to explore all of your options.
Our Short Hills immigration court representation services can assist you with pursuing many relief and defense strategies, including:
- Asylum. If you have been persecuted in the past or have a “well-founded fear” of future persecution in your home country on the basis of your race, religion, nationality, political opinions, or membership in a particular social group, you may be eligible for asylum status. If granted, you will be permitted to live and work almost anywhere in the U.S. and will be able to apply for a green card after 1 year.
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This law can protect certain spouses, children, and sometimes parents of abusive U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Victims of “extreme cruelty” can qualify for green cards or cancellations of removal if they have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 3 years, would experience “extreme hardship” if removed, and can demonstrate “good moral character.”
- Adjustment of Status. Some individuals placed in removal proceedings do not realize they currently qualify for one or more immigration benefits. We can explore all possible means of adjusting your status and pursuing waivers of inadmissibility if you have already accrued a disqualifying level of unlawful presence.
- Cancellation of Removal. Longtime lawful permanent residents can obtain a single “cancellation of removal” when convicted of certain types of crimes. Only individuals that have had their green cards for at least 5 years and have been lawfully present in the U.S. for at least 7 years can qualify. Non-lawful permanent residents may be able to secure a green card through a separate cancellation of removal process. To qualify, an individual must have maintained at least 10 years of continuous presence in the U.S., establish “good moral character,” and have a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child, parent, or spouse that would suffer “extreme hardship” if that individual was removed.
Our team at Worldwide Legal Services will do whatever it takes to protect your life in the United States. Whether you have overstayed your visa, entered the country without documentation, or inadvertently broken some complex immigration rule, our firm has the knowledge, resources, and experience to effectively represent you.