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The Bromberg, Kohler Maya & Petre, PLLC has experience representing applicants for cancellation of removal and is familiar with the process and its requirements. If you are interested in learning more about how our office can help with your case, please contact us to schedule a consultation.Appeals Decisions by USCIS District Officers, Consular Officials, Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeal are often subject to a formal appeal or review process. Our office is experienced with a wide variety of appellate litigation, including representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.Please explore the information below to learn about our appellate services, and contact us 

What is Relief from Removal?

There are several approaches to obtaining relief from removal, and our office has experience with each of these methods. In general, an individual can pursue relief from removal through an appeal or through an application for cancellation of removal, which are explained below.Cancellation of Removal
An individual in removal proceedings may be able to remain in the United States if an immigration judge grants a form of relief called “cancellation of removal.” There are two categories of cancellation of removal: those for permanent residents and those for non-permanent residentsCancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents.

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Who is eligible to apply?
Cancellation of removal for permanent residents is available to permanent residents who:
  • Have had lawful permanent residence (LPR) status for a minimum of five years
  • Have resided in the United States continuously for seven years
  • Have not been convicted of an aggravated felony.Cancellation of Removal for Non-permanent resident
Cancellation of removal for non-permanent residents is available to individuals who:
  • Have been physically present in the United States for a continuous period ten years or more immediately preceding the date of their application for cancellation of removalHave resided in the United States continuously for seven years
  • Have demonstrated good moral character during this time period
  • Have not been convicted of any criminal offense
  • Establish that removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent, or child

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What types of appeals does our office litigate?

The appeals we handle include (but are not limited to) those regarding the following:

  • United States Federal Courts. The U.S. federal courts have jurisdiction over many decisions and actions of the Department of Homeland Security. Actions that are typically bought in federal court include petitions for review for certain decisions by the Board of Immigration Appeals; habeas corpus petitions demanding the release of an individual which the government is unlawfully detaining; petitions for review of decisions by the BIA; mandamus actions to demand that the government fulfill its obligation to adjudicate applications in a timely fashion; and de novo review of denials of naturalization applications.
  • Board of Immigration Appeals: Decisions made by an Immigration Judge may be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Certain decisions made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can also be appealed to the BIA. There is a thirty day deadline to file a notice of appeal. Once an appeal has been filed, the BIA requests the transcripts from the hearing in which the decision that is being appealed was made. After the BIA has received the transcripts, they are sent out to the appellant and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) along with a briefing schedule. If the BIA feels that oral argument is necessary, it will request it from the parties. Most cases are decided without oral argument. The BIA issues a written decision on the case once it has been briefed by both parties. Administrative Appeals Office. Many decisions made by officers from the District offices and Regional Service centers of USCIS may be appealed to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). In most cases, the AAO issues a written decision based on the record below and briefs submitted by the parties.Motions to Reopen / Reconsider: Motions to reopen and motions to reconsider may be filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Court and the BIA. A motion to reopen is appropriate when additional evidence has become available which would have influenced the decision. A motion to reconsider may be made when the decision is based on incorrect law. Immigration law and regulations set forth numerical and time limitations for filing motions to reopen and reconsider, with limited exceptions. How can our experience with appellate cases help you?

Our website’s sections on Asylum & TPSHardship waivers, and provisions for Victims of violence  offer more information on your options for relief from removal.

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The content of this website is meant only to acquaint you with general information about immigration.This information is not legal advice and is not a substitute for having a consultation with an attorney. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us.