If you have been served with a deportation notice, you may be feeling scared, overwhelmed, and helpless.
While these are common emotions to be feeling upon receiving such a warning, know that you are not alone. Moreso, you are not helpless–you have options.
The Waco deportation lawyers at The Law Office of Simer & Tetens possess an extensive knowledge of your rights. We are prepared to use that knowledge—together with our experience, skill, and determination—to fight on your behalf and protect your rights.
When you work with us, we will help you:
- Understand your rights
- Know the timeline for deportation and
- Advise you on what you need to do to prevent it.
That said, it is important that you understand that time is of the essence. The longer you wait to retain legal help, the more difficult it will be to defend your rights.
For this reason, you should reach out to our Waco deportation attorneys as soon after receiving your notice as possible.
Your Defense to Deportation Begins With a Skilled Deportation Defense Attorney
Despite popular belief, a notice of deportation does not mean automatic removal. There are countless defenses to deportation, many of which individuals are never made aware.
At Simer & Tetens, we make it our goal to advise you of:
- ALL of your rights, and
- ALL of your legal options so that you may decide on the best legal route for you and your family.
Some common and viable defenses to deportation include the following:
Adjustment of Status
Sometimes, fighting deportation is as simple as adjusting one’s status. If you have certain family relations in the U.S., or if you meet some other qualification, you may be able to readjust your visa status to that of a permanent resident.
In reality, it is not uncommon for the U.S. government to waive someone’s time spent in the country illegally. Or, they disregard other factors that may have resulted in deportation. Depending on your past record and reason for receiving a notice, we may be able to obtain a waiver for you.
In rare circumstances, a person may be granted citizenship status. The government can grant citizenship based on a variety of qualifying factors. Our lawyers have been able to obtain citizenship status for a number of clients. We do this by helping them obtain proof of their previously unknown citizenship.
Cancellation of Removal
In some circumstances, individuals may be able to qualify for cancellation of removal. However, in order to obtain this outcome, you would need to demonstrate good moral character and prove that you have been residing in the U.S. continuously for an extended period of time. Additionally, you would need to prove that removal would result in unnecessary and extreme hardship for your loved ones.
The U.S. government grants temporary residency status to individuals who are forced to flee their home countries because of imminent dangers, or who are afraid to return to their home countries out of fear of being harmed upon return. If you can show that your fear is legitimate, you may be able to receive asylum.
Relief for Victims of Abuse and Other Crimes
The Violence Against Women Act provides relief for women and children who have suffered abuse at the hands of a citizen. If you can prove that you and/or your child is the victim of abuse, you may be granted either VAWA Adjustment of Status or VAWA Cancellation of Removal. However, because these cases are extremely sensitive, it is imperative that you seek the help of an experienced and compassionate Waco deportation attorney to help build and defend your claim.
When Voluntary Departure May Be Your Best Option
Unfortunately, there are circumstances in which no defense works.
When you have no other viable option, the best thing you can do for yourself and your future is to leave the country voluntarily. While doing so many seem counterproductive to your long-term goals, it does come with a few key benefits.
For one, voluntary departure allows you to leave on your terms and on your schedule. This is ideal for those who hold steady jobs, who have a house to sell, and who have a family to say goodbye to, as most judges grant individuals up to 120 days to get their affairs in order before leaving the country.
Two, voluntary departure keeps a deportation off your record. A deportation can result in your being barred from entering the country ever again. If you hope to return to the U.S., voluntary departure is far more favorable than deportation.
Contact a Deportation Lawyer in Texas
The threat of deportation is very real for anyone who lives in this country illegally or on a temporary visa status.
If you live in fear deportation, the best thing you can do is consult with a Waco deportation lawyer about what you can do to mitigate your risk and gain lawful residency status. If you are beyond that point, and if you have already received a notice of deportation, your only option may be to fight the deportation with the help of a Waco deportation defense lawyer.