Deportation & Removal
Deportation (also called “removal”) occurs when the federal government formally removes a non-citizen from the United States for violations of immigration or criminal laws. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for commencing a removal proceeding. If the DHS alleges a violation of immigration laws, it has the discretion to “serve” the alien with a charging document, known as a Notice to Appear. Removal hearings are conducted by a judge through the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), in Immigration Court proceedings to determine whether certain aliens are subject to removal from the country. The removal proceeding is the sole procedure for determining whether an alien is inadmissible, removable, or eligible for relief from removal.
At Bikkal & Associates, P.C., we represent clients in removal proceedings, analyzing the appropriate application for relief from deportation, removal or exclusion and gathering evidence and testimony to represent our clients at removal hearings. We will provide individualized advice regarding the recommended legal strategy which, include analysis with regard to whether our clients may be entitled to defenses such as: applications for asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, among others. We will assist in preparing legal briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals where an appeal, if any, is necessary.