Helping Clients in Illinois and Northwest Indiana Obtain Relief from Removal

Deportation proceedings are serious – and scary – legal proceedings.  If you have been taken into custody and are subject to deportation proceedings, you need skilled and knowledgeable legal advice and representation.  The Chicago-area deportation attorneys at Khalaf & Abuzir, LLC have significant experience helping those who have been taken into custody and are facing deportation to obtain relief from removal from the United States.  We help foreign nationals who may be in the country illegally to obtain and maintain the appropriate visa documentation or an adjustment to status so they may lawfully remain in the United States.

Our knowledgeable immigration litigators understand that many foreign nationals are unable to return to their home country due to a variety of reasons.  As skilled Chicago deportation attorneys, we are skilled litigators with vast knowledge of immigration laws and the procedures of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)so that we can assist you through the deportation proceedings and help you obtain legal status.  

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What is a deportation removal proceeding?

Deportation removal proceedings are legal proceedings in which a person is charged with illegally being in the United States – either due to illegal entry or due to a lapsed visa.  If an individual is subject to deportation proceedings, he or she risks being forced to leave the United States and return to his or her home country.  The Chicago-area immigration attorneys have significant experience helping foreign nationals to remain in the United States by obtaining the appropriate legal documents.  We will educate you on your legal options and represent you when you appear before the Immigration Judge.

Relief from Removal Options

If you are facing deportation removal from the United States, there are several options available to you, including:

  • Voluntary departure – Voluntary departure allows individuals who are in the United States illegally to avoid the stigma of formal deportation removal by departing the United States and returning to his or her home country. If an individual is permitted voluntary departure by an Immigration Judge before the completion of removal proceedings, he or she generally must leave the United States within 120 days, and those granted voluntary departure relief at the conclusion of removal proceedings must depart within 60 days.
  • Asylum – The USCIS grants refugee and asylum protection in the United States to those foreign nationals who have suffered persecution or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
  • Cancellation of removal – Qualifying permanent residents may be eligible for a cancellation of removal proceedings if he or she has been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years, has continuously resided in the United States for at least 7 years after lawful admission into the U.S, and has not been convicted of an “aggravated felony,” as defined by immigration law. Non-permanent residents (visa holders) may be eligible if the immigrant has been continuously present in the United States for least 10 years, during which time he or she has been a person of good moral character, has not been convicted of removable offense, and demonstrates that removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to his or her immediate family members (limited to the alien’s spouse, parent, or child) who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
  • Adjustment of status – By seeking an adjustment to status, an alien may change his or her status from a non-immigrant to that of a lawful permanent resident and obtain a green card. If a foreign national has previously been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa may apply for an adjustment of status with the Department of Homeland Security, whereas aliens who are involved in deportation proceedings must apply for an adjustment to status before an Immigration Judge. In order to be eligible for an adjustment to status, the individual must be eligible for permanent residency within the U.S. with an immigrant visa available at the time of application.

If you have been taken into custody and are subject to deportation proceedings, contact the skilled Chicago-area deportation law firm of Khalaf & Abuzir (708) 233-1122 to learn more about your immigration options.

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Immigration lawyer Omar Abuzir
Omar A. Abuzir
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Chicago immigration lawyer Vivian Khalaf
Vivian Khalaf
Immigration Lawyer

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“Working with the lawyers at ImmigrationJD was an experience that was unexpected. It was a breeze obtaining my permanent residency and the attorney was with me every step of the way. The process was exactly as it was explained to me at the start and there were no surprises! I highly recommend this law firm”
~Juma Amin
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“It was very difficult for me to be separated from my husband while he was overseas waiting for the processing of his immigration papers at the U.S. embassy. My attorney made the process move quicker than I anticipated by being on top of it and making sure the documents were completed properly and efficiently. I was never kept in the dark and updated frequently. We will be back to ImmigrationJD as soon as my husband is ready to file for citizenship”.
~Regina