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Connecticut Deportation and Removal Defense Lawyer

Norwalk Deportation and Removal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Defends Immigrants Facing Deportation in Fairfield County and Westchester County

Non-U.S. citizens sometimes receive a notice that they are subject to a removal proceeding. It is essential that you respond to this notice; otherwise, you may be automatically deported. If you or someone close to you is facing deportation/removal, it can be a very frightening experience. With so much on the line, it is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to fully assess your case and review your options.

At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, we understand what individuals and their families go through when they learn that they might have to leave the country. This is a heart-wrenching situation for everyone involved, especially those with children they may have to leave behind. For over 15 years, Attorney Hector Gonzalez has provided deportation/removal defense for clients in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. Attorney Gonzalez has in-depth knowledge of this area of the law, and he works closely with clients to explore every potential legal avenue toward obtaining a favorable result.

Common Reasons for Deportation/Removal Proceedings

There are several reasons immigrants may be subject to deportation. Some of the most common include:

  • Unlawful Presence: Entering the U.S. without proper documentation or entering the country using falsified documents.
  • Expired Visa: Entering the U.S. on a temporary non-immigrant visa that is expired.
  • Criminal Issues: Being charged with and/or convicted of certain criminal violations.
  • Conditional Permanent Residence Terminated: Revocation of a conditional green card. Conditional green cards are typically issued to foreign nationals who marry U.S. citizens.

The Deportation/Removal Process

Removal proceedings are initiated when the respondent is sent a Notice to Appear (NTA) at an immigration hearing. Along with the name and country of origin of the respondent, the NTA typically includes the reason for the order to appear, the alleged grounds for deportation, and the consequences of failing to appear. The NTA also advises the respondent of the right to an attorney at their own expense.

The first hearing is known as the Master Calendar Hearing. At this hearing, generally, the respondent (or his/her attorney, if legal counsel has been retained) admits or denies the government's allegations, concedes or denies the charges, and may designate a country for removal. It is also here where the respondent presents the deportation/removal defense and files any applications or petitions with supporting documents. Thereafter, the immigration judge schedules an Individual Hearing (or trial) to decide the case. Failure to appear at the Master Calendar Hearing can result in an automatic removal order barring the respondent from reentering the country for 10 years. Even if you have no valid defense, it is still important to attend the initial hearing, as you may be able to negotiate a voluntary removal in exchange for keeping your record free of a removal order.

At the Individual Hearing, the respondent (or his/her attorney, if legal counsel has been retained) may present evidence, call witnesses, testify, and answer any questions asked by the attorney for the government. Potential deportation defenses may include:

  • The NTA is a mistake resulting from a bureaucratic error.
  • The charges are not as serious as alleged and should not subject the respondent to removal proceedings.
  • The respondent qualifies for refugee status and is eligible to claim asylum.
  • The respondent has close ties to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR), and deportation would present an extreme hardship.
  • The respondent qualifies for a waiver of inadmissibility, such as lawful permanent resident cancellation, misrepresentation/fraud, prior deportations/removals, unlawful presence, crimes of moral turpitude, and simple marijuana possession. A waiver may also be based on a specialized category such as the Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act, Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and asylum.

Speak With a Darien Deportation and Removal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one is facing the prospect of being deported, it is a scary and uncertain time. Attorney Hector Gonzalez understands what is at stake, and he puts his experience to work to develop the strongest possible deportation/removal defense. Attorney Gonzalez works tirelessly on behalf of his clients, and he is committed to going the extra mile to ensure that families are able to stay together in the U.S. and realize their American Dream.

For a discreet and confidential consultation with Attorney Hector Gonzalez, contact us today at 203-323-1440. We serve clients in Stamford, Fairfield County, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford, and surrounding Connecticut communities, as well as communities throughout Westchester County, NY. Se Habla Español.

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