Appealing Decisions in Immigration Court
In most cases heard in immigration court, you will appear before a judge who will review the contents of your Notice to Appear – which include the reasons for why the government believes you should be removed from the country. If you have legal representation, your lawyer can dispute the veracity of the grounds listed in the NTA. Witnesses may be summoned to offer testimony, and you may be expected to take the stand to answer questions and advocate on your own behalf.
If the grounds of the NTA are not in question, various forms of deportation relief may be pursued, instead. If the immigration judge hands down an unfavorable decision, an immediate deportation order might be issued.
If you become the subject of a deportation order, we can delay your removal of the country and explore other options by filing an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals. This arm of the Justice Department hears appeals for decisions made in immigration court. Though it can often affirm decisions made by lower courts, appealing gives us additional time to evaluate options and pursue other forms of relief.
Should the Board of Immigrant Appeals rule unfavorably, we can escalate a decision in your case to the U.S. Court of Appeals while simultaneously seeking a Stay of Removal. This order prevents the government from removing you from the country while a final decision is made by the federal court.
The bottom line is we will do everything in our power to keep our clients in the United States with their families. Aggressively pursuing appeals is one of many tools we can use to facilitate deportation defense and navigate immigration court.
Let Us Be Your Legal Partner in Immigration Court
Immigration court is one of the most confusing and intimidating elements of immigration law, especially because it does not operate under the same rules as other court systems. Successful handling a case is crucial, as the stakes will likely never be higher. Our Greer immigration court lawyers at Colón Law Firm understand how to successfully fight for our clients in these scenarios and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing a positive outcome in your case. We the stresses involved with any immigration court case and will make sure you and your loved ones have constant communication and access to our team.