If you are in removal proceedings (sometimes also known as deportation proceedings), it is important to hire a lawyer who can represent you in Immigration Court. The court has many rules and procedures that must be followed for a case to be successful. Our Seattle office represents people in removal proceedings in the Seattle Immigration Court.
We speak with our clients in detail to see if they have options for relief outside of Immigration Court. We also represent our clients from the preliminary (master) hearings through the final (individual) hearing.
Depending on your immigration history and personal situation, your options for relief in Immigration Court may be different. Here are some common types of relief that many people apply for in Immigration Court:
Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture
- These three types of relief share the same application form, but have different eligibility requirements. These applications are for people who are afraid to return to their home country or risk torture in their home country.
- People who wish to apply for asylum are required to apply within one year after their most recent entry to the United States. There are some exceptions to this requirement. If you entered the United States more than one year ago and want to apply for asylum, you should talk to a lawyer before applying.
Cancellation of Removal
- This form of relief is available to both permanent residents and people who are not permanent residents.
- Applicants must show that they have resided in the United States for the required time period (which is different for permanent residents and non-residents).
- Other eligibility requirements are different for non-residents than they are for residents. It's important to hire a lawyer who knows all of the requirements.
Our Seattle office represents clients in the Seattle Immigration Court. We also frequently submit motions to change venue to Seattle from courts in other states for people who have moved to Washington from another state.
Your Address & the Immigration Court
If you are in removal proceedings, you are required to notify the Immigration Court in writing whenever you move to a new address. This is so you don't miss important mail from the court. There is a form the court requires you to use for this change of address notification.
If you are scheduled for a hearing in Immigration Court and do not attend the hearing, the Immigration Judge can issue a deportation order in your absence.
If you hire a lawyer to represent you in your court case, the Immigration Court will notify the lawyer of court dates and other important information once the lawyer has entered appearance with the court in your case. That is one of many reasons why it is important to hire a lawyer for your case.
If you are serious about removal defense a consultation is the best place to start. Spend up to a full hour with an immigration attorney to discuss the details of your case, get answers to your questions, work through complex issues and supporting documents and plan an immigration strategy for obtaining relief.