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The Immigration NOID: What You Need to Know

Immigration cases can be very complex and receiving notices in the mail might be confusing or scary depending on the situation. One notice that is sometimes sent out to immigrants is called the Notice of Intent to Deny, also called NOID. If you or someone you love has received a NOID, what does this mean … Continue reading “The Immigration NOID: What You Need to Know”

What to Expect During Removal Proceedings: A Step-by-Step Overview

It can be scary to learn that you might not be allowed to remain in the United States as an immigrant based upon a violation or crime you have committed. However, if you do end up in the midst of removal proceedings, there are specific steps that you can expect to happen. Today we’re going … Continue reading “What to Expect During Removal Proceedings: A Step-by-Step Overview”

Contested Hearings: 5 Ways the Government May Try to Prove You Are Deportable

People come to the United States for many different reasons, some with the intention to stay only for a time, and others with the hope of becoming a citizen someday. Until someone is actually holding their citizenship papers in hand, however, there is always the risk of facing deportation by the government. There are many … Continue reading “Contested Hearings: 5 Ways the Government May Try to Prove You Are Deportable”

The ‘Notice to Appear’: What it Is and What to Do When You Receive One

When United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issues a Notice to Appear (NTA) before an immigration judge, the recipient must appear in immigration court at a specific time, date, and location. The NTA is a charging document sent to foreign nationals signaling the start of removal or deportation proceedings. If you’ve been served with … Continue reading “The ‘Notice to Appear’: What it Is and What to Do When You Receive One”

How to Spot an Immigration Scam

A crucial key to understanding potential immigration scams is to understand the current law. This can sometimes be difficult because the law changes often, as it did in November of 2014, when President Barack Obama issued several executive orders on immigration. In general, offers to help with immigration may be scams if they don’t comply … Continue reading “How to Spot an Immigration Scam”

Who Has the Right to Work During Removal Proceedings?

While it is not a possibility in all cases, some individuals who are involved in deportation proceedings are still able to legally work while the proceedings are pending. Since deportation cases can last for months or years, making it exceedingly difficult for immigrants who still need to support their families, despite the ongoing court process, … Continue reading “Who Has the Right to Work During Removal Proceedings?”

Human Rights First Report Finds Largest Backlog of Immigration cases in California and Texas

According to a recent press release, Human Rights First has issued a new analysis on the existing backlogs in the asylum and immigration court system. The report indicates that there will soon be over 500,000 cases pending in the immigration court system, which is far more cases than 254 immigration judges can ever realistically handle. … Continue reading “Human Rights First Report Finds Largest Backlog of Immigration cases in California and Texas”

California Senator Announces Dignity Not Detention Act

Senator Richard Lara, who serves California’s 33rd District, recently announced the Dignity Not Detention Act, a bill that is designed to combat the mistreatment of immigrants through mass incarceration and inhumane detention facilities. More specifically, Senate Bill 1289 would prohibit local city and county officials from allowing private, for-profit companies to operate immigration detention facilities … Continue reading “California Senator Announces Dignity Not Detention Act”

How Does the Removal Process Work?

Deportation, which the U.S. government now refers to as “removal”, is the process by which either an immigration judge, or the Department of Homeland Security orders that an immigrant leave the U.S. for violating immigration laws.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is … Continue reading “How Does the Removal Process Work?”

Can I Appeal if I Lose My Immigration Case?

When you are facing deportation for any reason, you must appear at a series of hearings before an immigration judge. However, if the judge decides after your hearings that you should be deported from the U.S., your case is not over. You still have the right to appeal the judge’s decision before you face physical … Continue reading “Can I Appeal if I Lose My Immigration Case?”

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