Immigration Court

Removal proceedings are initiated against an alien when that alien has violated
immigration laws or has committed a criminal offense.   The consequences of a
removal order are severe and as such every alien put into removal proceedings
should seek consultation from an attorney.  

There are many forms of relief available to an alien, and include: asylum,
cancellation/suspension of removal, adjustment of status, 212(c)waivers and U.S.
Citizenship.  Representing clients and determining what relief is available requires
in-depth knowledge of immigration laws and cases.   

Board of Immigration Appeals

If an order of removal is issued, the next step is to file an appeal with the Board of
Immigration Appeals(BIA).  This appeal must be filed within thirty days of the
Immigration Judge's decision.  

Federal Courts of Appeal

If the BIA agrees with the Immigration Judge, they will affirm the decision and deny
your case.  The next, and in most cases the ultimate step in the appeal process
involves petitioning the Federal Court to "stay" the removal order and have the
Court reevaluate the BIA and the decision of the Immigration Judge, which ever is
deemed to be the final administrative decision.  This process involves complex
procedural and substantive issues, which require expertise and skill to properly
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