Removal Proceedings

Immigration Term

Removal Proceedings

Removal proceedings are hearings to determine whether an immigrant can remain in the country. The government may initiate proceedings if they believe the respondent doesn’t have valid immigration status or has done something to violate their status. The burden of proof falls on the government to prove their allegations are valid. 

Common reasons for removal proceedings include:

  • Violation of green card status terms
  • Marriage fraud
  • Residing in the U.S. without proper legal immigration status
  • Overstaying visa
  • Involvement in criminal activity
  • They were inadmissible during adjustment of status or while entering the U.S.

An individual facing removal proceedings should be encouraged to seek the help of a removal defense lawyer.

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