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b2ap3_thumbnail_Voluntary-Departure-Deportation.jpgIf you have received a Notice to Appear (NTA) in immigration court, it means that some agency under the Department of Homeland Security has started deportation/removal proceedings against you and that you are at imminent risk of being deported from the U.S. You probably have many questions.

How Do I Find a Lawyer Who Can Help Me in a Particular Immigration Court Location?

The law requires that you receive an NTA at least 10 days before a scheduled hearing, which may not give you a lot of time to get prepared. The NTA will provide the location of the hearing. There are currently 400 immigration judges in 63 immigration courts across the country.

If you have not worked with an immigration attorney before, look for one near where you live and near the court where you have been ordered to appear. For example, if you have been ordered to appear in immigration court in Hartford, Connecticut, and you live in a city in Fairfield County such as Darien or New Canaan, a Stamford attorney will be able to appear with you in court. Other nearby immigration courts are located in New York City and Napanoch, New York. An attorney who serves Westchester County clients can help you there.

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New Canaan deportation defense lawyer cancellation of removalNavigating the U.S. immigration system can be difficult and expensive at the best of times. However, if you entered the United States illegally or overstayed a visa, you are now in a particularly tough situation. Even if you have lived in the U.S. for years, got married, worked, and had children here, you could be caught by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at any time and find yourself facing a deportation order. If you find yourself in this type of situation, you must seek help from an experienced and trustworthy immigration attorney. 

In recent months, there have been many news reports of undocumented residents who have been deported and of others who have successfully fought their deportation. What makes for a successful deportation defense?

One option is called Cancellation of Removal

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Darien immigration deportation attorneyIn 2017 and 2018, the U.S. news media focused a lot of attention on the deportation efforts of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But do the statistics actually support the idea that the average documented immigrant awaiting permanent resident or citizenship status should be seriously concerned about the possibility of being deported?

ICE Administrative Arrest Statistics for 2018

In fiscal year 2018 (the 12 months ending on October 8, 2018), ICE made 158,581 administrative arrests, meaning that the arrested individual had committed a civil violation of U.S. immigration laws. However, most of these individuals were not merely in violation of immigration laws; they were also guilty of criminal violations. 66% were convicted criminals, 21% had pending criminal charges, and 3% had previously issued final orders for deportation. Only 10% of these arrests involved people who had committed only a civil violation of immigration laws, such as overstaying a visa or entering the country illegally.

The total number of administrative arrests increased from 110,104 in 2016 to 158,581 in 2018, an increase of 44 percent over two years. The increase in arrests was heavily skewed toward the category of people who had pending criminal charges, indicating that ICE has stepped up enforcement against individuals who have been charged with a crime but not yet convicted. However, many of these people had prior criminal convictions. Among the most common crimes committed by arrestees were driving under the influence, drug possession, and assault. 

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Fairfield County deportation removal defense lawyerReceiving a Notice to Appear (NTA) before a U.S. immigration court can be frightening for a non-citizen, because it is the first step in the deportation process, also known as removal proceedings.

Not everyone who receives a Form I-862 NTA will be deported. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to argue that the charges are not serious enough to require removal or that your deportation would create an extreme hardship for a family member who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. There are many other possible defenses as well.

Still, it is important to take an NTA seriously. You must determine exactly what you are charged with and start working on a defense strategy.

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New Canaan immigration and deportation attorneyReceiving a Notice to Appear (NTA) in immigration court for removal (deportation) proceedings can be very frightening. An NTA means that you have been accused of breaking a law and that a judge is going to decide whether you should be deported from the United States. 

Be assured, however, that not every NTA results in a deportation. Here are three things to do if you receive an NTA:

1. Check the Accuracy of the Notice to Appear in Immigration Court 

The NTA will state:

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