Each year, immigration officials remove thousands of illegal immigrants from the United States. Deportation occurs when the government forces an illegal immigrant to leave the country.

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There are several reasons why the government may choose to remove or deport an individual, but removal usually follows a violation of criminal or immigration laws. According to U.S. Immigration, officials removed more than 315,000 illegal aliens during 2014. Many of these people now face an uncertain future, and U.S. immigration officials may no longer allow them back into the country.

If you are facing deportation from the United States or have questions regarding your status, call the O’Brien Law Group. We work with people who are facing immigration or deportation issues, and we can provide you with insight and advice regarding your specific circumstances.

We are fluent in Spanish and can represent you before the Immigration Service and Immigration Courts. Call us today at 502-400-7890 to schedule an appointment and discuss your immigration concerns.

The deportation or removal process is complicated, but the following is what you can expect if you find yourself in this situation:

Notice to Appear

According to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials will issue a Notice to Appear and serve it to the illegal immigrant before filing it with the immigration court. The notice to appear is an important document that will contain information about you and your personal situation, as well as reasons why you are facing deportation.

Hearing

Following the Notice to Appear, U.S. immigration officials will schedule a hearing. During the hearing, an immigration judge will establish if you are in a position to proceed with the hearing and the deportation case.

If not, he or she will give you time to find an attorney to help represent you. If this is the case, the judge will reschedule your hearing for some time in the future, and you must return on that date.

When the hearing commences, the judge will ask you to verify the contents of the Notice to Appear. Once he or she has confirmed the accuracy of the information, you will have the opportunity to reply to the allegations. An experienced immigration attorney can prepare you for this phase of the hearing and help you establish what to say so you do not disadvantage yourself.

You may also have an opportunity to have a witness provide the judge with testimony on your behalf. Following the hearing and statements from you and any witnesses, the judge will consider the facts and make a decision on your status. If the judge declares that you are eligible for deportation, you have 30 days to appeal the decision with the Board of Immigration Appeals.

If you are facing deportation or wish to have a Louisville deportation lawyer represent you in a hearing, call the O’Brien Law Group today at 502-400-7890 to schedule an appointment. We can look through your case and help you through the legal process.

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