What To Do When You Receive a Notice to Appear
The NTA is a legal summons mandating your appearance at an
immigration court. They are issued when the government believes you have done something
that warrants deportation. The specific reasons, called the grounds for
removal, will be explained in the NTA.
As soon as you receive an NTA, contact an experienced immigration lawyer, no matter the specifics of the grounds for removal. You should seek legal
even if you believe there has been some sort of mistake and you have not done
what is described in the NTA.
You must attend the scheduled hearing dictated in your NTA, even if it conflicts with your job or some other form of obligation.
The document will include where the hearing will be take place and when
you will be expected to be there. Not appearing at an immigration court
hearing is grounds for immediate removal, meaning steps will likely be
taken to expediently deport you. We will be extremely limited in how we
can help you if you fail to appear at one or more immigration hearings.
How We Can Help You If You Are Facing Deportation
At The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh, we strongly believing in keeping
immigrants’ lives intact. That means doing everything possible to
keep families together and careers progressing. Deportation can shatter
a noncitizen’s American dream, but we have a complete knowledge
of immigration law to help our clients find meaningful relief and avoid removal.
When you have made your initial appearance in court as dictated by your
NTA, you will have the opportunity to retain legal representation. You
will be able to dispute the contents of the NTA, and a judge will review
the available evidence and testimony. The court will ultimately rule whether
or not you should be removed. If the decision is unfavorable, other relief
measures can be sought.
The deportation relief options available to you will vary by your individual
circumstances. A key benefit of having a skilled lawyer on your side is
they can evaluate the facts of your case and identify the relief solutions
that can potentially help you.
Our York deportation defense attorney can help you explore many removal
relief solutions, including:
Deportation defense representation for both
detained and non-detained immigrants. If the U.S. government believes you are in the country unlawfully, Immigration
Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents may detain you in advance of an immigration
hearing. We can help you communicate with ICE, reconnect you with worried
loved ones, and see if you qualify for release through a bond hearing.
Detained individuals are still eligible for many types of other deportation
relief, and we can help represent you in court.
Bond hearings. We may be able to help you get released from detainment as a result of
removal proceeding through paying a court-approved bond. Many initial
bonds are set exorbitantly high by design, we can pursue a bond redetermination
hearing with the Board of Immigrant Appeals to reduce it to a more reasonable
amount. Bonds in immigration cases and determined by a number of factors,
including ability to pay the bond, the grounds for removal, and the defendant’s
role in their community. Our team can work to get you the lowest bond possible.
Motion to Terminate. This is the legal action in which we request the court dismisses your
cases on account of the government’s charges being defective in
some way. This can be useful when the grounds for removal are factually
incorrect or other elements of the government’s case is substantively
false in some way. This can be a best case scenario, as a successful Motion
to Terminate means you will not be deported, you will be released if you
were detained, and in many cases, you will continue to be able to live
and work in the country.
Motion to Change Venue. Your NTA will include the location of the immigration court, where you
are required to appear. Sometimes, the court may be located a significant
distance from your residence, to the point where you might endure some
undue burden in being expected to transport yourself there. Witnesses
relevant to your case may also live too far away. We can help expedite
and simplify removal proceedings in these instances by filing a Motion
to Change Venue, which, as the name would imply, requests the immigration
court be relocated to somewhere more convenient for all parties involved.
Appeals with the Board of Immigrant Appeals (BIA). If an immigration judge rules unfavorably, setting you up for deportation,
you may have the opportunity to appeal under certain conditions. We can
help you file an appeal for the court’s decision to be reconsidered
if the original removal proceedings either treated you unfairly or failed
to properly consider one or more elements of your case.
Petitions for Review with the Federal Courts. If the BIA issues a decision that we feel to be fundamentally wrong and
unfair in the initial appeal process, we can consider a petition for review
with the federal circuit court of appeals. They will review the agency’s
decision and give you another opportunity to avoid removal.
Stays of Removal. If you are the subject of a deportation order, we can move to delay any
removal action while we fight to have your case re-adjudicated through
the appropriate appeal filing. Stays are typically granted when appeals
are filed and last until a decision has been reached.
Our Team Will Fight for You
We are empathetic to the stress, frustration, and anger at the sometimes-labyrinthine
deportation process. We also know how important it is that you receive
a favorable decision that allows you to continue living and working in
Our goal at The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh is to help protect your
future in the United States through leveraging all means of available
removal relief. Our York deportation defense lawyer has substantial experiencing all facets
of immigration court and can assist you no matter the complexity of your case.
If you are facing deportation, the sooner you hire a skilled attorney,
the better. Dial
(717) 921-4042 or
contact us online to get started.