Steps to Save Yourself from Deportation When You have a Criminal Conviction

Steps to Save Yourself from Deportation When You have a Criminal Conviction

In the past few years, there have been numerous cases of immigration. Many people have entered the United States, but sadly, many have also been deported. Every year, the U.S. deports hundreds of thousands of people for many different reasons.

Are you facing deportation? If so, you may have a way of staying in the country. Consult with Salt Lake City deportation removal defense attorneys at Familia America Immigration today and find out how you could potentially stop the deportation.

Here are a few ways that you could remain in the United States and stop deportation in Immigration Court.

You Were Not Properly Served with a Notice to Appear

The law protects everyone residing and working in the United States. Just because you are not a citizen, it does not mean that you can be treated differently. There are laws and regulations about everything, including the way a notice to appear in court should be served. If you believe that you were not properly served a notice to appear, or if you were not served one at all, you may have a good shot of stopping the deportation.

In common cases, the notice was either sent to the wrong address or was sent to the immigrant’s attorney and not the immigrant. Consult with your attorney before you do anything else.

Adjusting the Status

Some people who have legally entered the country have forgotten to “extend” their visas. This is the case with many students who face deportation because of that one mistake. However, there is a way to “adjust” your status if this happened to you. If you can prove that you entered the country legally, you could apply for another visa and remain in the United States. But if your visa is denied, you will have to leave.

Seeking Asylum

Many immigrants are trying to find asylum in the United States. However, not everyone is lucky enough to receive it. According to the laws and regulations, aliens qualify for asylum if they can prove that they have been persecuted in the past and that they have a fear of persecution based on:

  • Their political opinion
  • Their religion
  • Their race
  • Their nationality
  • Their membership in a particular social group (for example, being gay)

In order to obtain asylum, all immigrants must apply for it within a year from arriving in the United States. If granted, the asylum provides them with the:

  • Right to work in the U.S.
  • The right to eventually obtain lawful permanent resident status (green card) and U.S. citizenship
  • The right to travel internationally

This grant covers the immigrant’s closest family (spouse, partner, children) if they are present in the U.S.

There are other ways to stop a deportation. To learn more about them, feel free to consult with the deportation removal defense attorneys in Salt Lake City at Familia America Immigration and schedule your free initial consultation today. The offices are open Monday to Friday, so be sure to give them a call as soon as you are able to.