The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start
removal proceedings if it believes a lawful permanent resident (LPR) is no longer deserving
of that status. A criminal conviction or another form of moral wrongdoing
are usually the only reasons the USCIS will make this effort. The government
will base its decision entirely on facts, but did you know that you can
use the opinions of others in your defense to cancel removal?
How Your Friends, Family & Coworkers Can Help Stop Removal
If you want to cancel your removal proceeding and stay in the country,
then you need to meet some basic eligibility requirements as set by the
USCIS. However, this is almost-certainly not going to be enough to cancel
the process. You need to be prepared to convince an immigration judge
that you should be able to remain as a legal permanent resident status
holder, despite whatever accusations or convictions have damaged your
The judge will expect you to vouch for yourself, of course. The testimonies
of real value will come from others. Start reaching out to people you
know who think highly of you, or actually depend on you for their own
During your cancellation of removal hearing before a judge, you can bring
forth witnesses like:
- Your family members who need you to help provide family income.
- Your close friends that have never known you to be dangerous or unreasonable.
- Your coworkers that depend on you to complete tough on-the-job tasks.
- Your neighbors that appreciate and respect your influence in the community.
You should not rule anyone out without carefully considering if they can
help your case. Your ability to legally stay within the country is on-the-line,
after all. If you are not certain if someone’s testimony will actually
be helpful to your case, have that person sit down with your immigration
law attorney first so they can make that decision for you.
If you live in Louisiana and are facing deportation or removal, you should call
337.214.0670 to connect with Ashley Foret Dees, LLC and our Lake Charles immigration
attorneys. Throughout the years, we have helped
thousands of immigrants complete their immigration goals, including standing up
for them during difficult removal procedure cases. To learn more about
what we do for our clients, you can review some of our recent
client testimonials or
contact our office directly.