Unfortunately, many people are deported from California on illegitimate grounds every year. Often, those facing removal have immigration options available that they have not yet exercised. If you or a family member is facing deportation in Los Angeles, you need to take immediate action. It is highly recommended that you seek guidance from an experienced professional. Under U.S. immigration regulations, you typically have only 30 days to file your appeal.
Three Things You Need to Know About the Deportation Appeals Process
You Should Contact an Immigration Lawyer
The deportation/removal process moves far more quickly than most people realize. If you or your loved one is facing removal in Southern California, it is imperative that you speak to a qualified legal professional as soon as possible. Your lawyer will be able to carefully review the specific facts of your case in order to determine what immigration options are still open to you.
When we review your deportation case, our immigration legal team will determine what basis you may have in order to file a successful appeal. Then, our legal team will work diligently to gather and organize all relevant documents and evidence so that you can present the strongest possible case when you file your official appeal.
You May Be Able to Reopen Your Case
In certain circumstances, people facing deportation can actually reopen their initial case. This right is found under Section 1003.23 of the USCIS regulations. If you meet the requirement, your best option may be to file a motion to reopen your case. There are two general circumstances in which this is the appropriate legal strategy:
- Absentia: If you or your family member received a deportation order in absentia, it is often advisable to attempt to reopen the case. The term ‘absentia’ simply means that an immigration judge made a decision in your case without you being present.
- New evidence/new circumstances: If you discovered new evidence that was not available to you at the time the deportation order was entered, you may be able to reopen your case. Likewise, if circumstances have materially changed, reopening your case may be appropriate.
Your Appeal Must Be Filed with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Your actual deportation appeal should be submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). This appeal must be initiated within 30 days. If you fail to take action, you will likely lose out on your ability to appeal the deportation case at all. Do not let this happen. Our Los Angeles immigration lawyer is prepared to help you file your appeal and represent you in your case before the BIA.
Contact Our Los Angeles Immigration Attorney Today
At the Law Office of Joshua L. Goldstein, PC, we have extensive experience handling all issues related to deportation orders. If you or a loved one is facing deportation or removal, our compassionate legal team is here to help.
For a fully private legal consultation, please call us today at (213) 262-2000. Our law firm is located in the heart of Los Angeles, and we serve communities throughout the L.A. metro area, including in Glendale, Inglewood, Beverly Hills, and Torrance.