Removal Proceedings and Relief from Removal

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For over twenty-five years, we have represented individuals in removal proceedings. We have defended our clients against removal during these proceedings by seeking some form of relief from removal.

What are removal proceedings?
Removal proceedings are administrative proceedings before an Immigration Judge to determine whether an individual will be removed from the United States. The proceedings begin with a charging document called a Notice to Appear filed with the Immigration Court and served on the individual called a Respondent. An initial hearing called a Master Calendar hearing is scheduled for the respondent to answer the charges. Suppose the respondent contests the charges (request some form of relief from removal). In that case, another hearing called the Merit, or Individual Hearing will be scheduled to hear the individual challenges to their removability. Failure to appear for a removal hearing may be removed in absentia.


Over the years, many of the individuals we have represented have benefited from one form of relief from removal. These have included:

  • Asylum
  • Withholding of Removal
  • Protection under the Convention Against
  • Torture
  • Cancellation of Removal
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Certain Waivers of removability or inadmissibility
  • Prosecutorial Discretion
  • Nunc pro tunc permission to reapply for admission after removal
  • Estoppel
  • Collateral attack on a previous removal order
  • Deferred action
  • Voluntary Departure
  • Registry
  • Private Legislation