Removal defense involves representing and advocating for immigrants facing deportation from the United States. For many immigrants facing removal from the United States, the process involves appearing before an immigration judge in immigration court.
Violent Against Women’s Act (VAWA): VAWA is provides protection for immigrant women and victims of crime. Please note that VAWA offers protection to abused spouse of U.S. citizens or LPR and this protection is not only offered to female spouse. A male spouse who has been abused can also be protected under the act.
Refugee and Asylum: Refugee and Asylum is a humanitarian provision that protects foreign nationals who can who can show that have been persecuted or have fear that they will suffer persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, political opinion. Refugee seekers are usually people outside the United States seeking the protection of the United States because they have a genuine fear of persecution. Asylum seekers are usually already in the United States and are unable to go back to their country due to a genuine fear of persecution if they return.
Cancellation of Removal: In certain cases a person may qualify for cancellation of removal at the discretion of the immigration judge. Cancellation of removal allows a person who would have been removed and deported back to their country of origin to remain in the United States. Cancellation of Removal is divided into two: (i) Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) and (ii) Cancellation of Removal for aliens who are not permanent resident.
Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS):
The SIJS program is for non U.S. citizen children who are dependent upon the juvenile court, placed in the department of a State, or in the custody of an agency, and reunification with one or both parent is not viable as a result of neglect, abuse, abandonment. This process allows children who are considered illegal immigrants or undocumented immigrants to gain legal status. This process is different from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) which is discussed in detail on this link The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status involves a two step process.
The SIJS program provides a positive impact on a child’s undocumented child’s life because it allows the child to become a permanent resident.
Green Cards for Juveniles
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