Deportation Defense

Orlando Deportation Defense Attorneys

You Do Not Have to Handle This Alone

The possibility of deportation or “removal” from the United States is terrifying for many people living here. The immigration lawyers at Lim Law, P.A. know the stress caused by the fear of deportation. Our team is prepared and experienced in deportation defense. We are ready to help you.

Deportation proceedings start when you receive a “Notice to Appear” from the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This document orders you to appear in front of an immigration judge. If you receive a Notice to Appear, it does not automatically mean you will be deported. There may be relief options available to you. Contact an immigration attorney if you receive a Notice to Appear.

Some deportation defense options include:

  • Asylum –You can seek asylum if you are already in the U.S. but fear persecution if you were to return to your home country.
  • Withholding of removal – An immigration judge can grant a request for withholding of removal if you can prove it is “more likely than not” you will be persecuted because of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
  • Cancellation of removal – This option is available to all qualified people who are placed in removal proceedings. The eligibility requirements are different between those who are lawful permanent residents and those who are non-permanent residents.

If you receive a Notice to Appear, contact an experienced deportation defense lawyer at Lim Law, P.A. in Orlando right away.

Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents

Eligibility requirements for consideration for permanent residents are as follows:

  • You have been a permanent resident for more than five years.
  • You have resided in the U.S. continuously for seven years after admittance, before receiving the Notice to Appear or before committing a specific criminal or related offense leading to removal action.
  • You were not convicted for an aggravated felony.

Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Resident

Eligibility requirements for consideration of cancellation of removal for non-permanent residents are as follows:

  • You have been continuously and physically present in the U.S. for no less than 10 years (as measured from the date you entered the country to the date of your Notice to Appear in Immigration Court).
  • You are able to demonstrate good moral character.
  • You can prove deportation would create exceptional and extreme unusual hardship to a member of your family (spouse, child, parent) who is a U.S. citizen.
  • You have no convictions for any specific criminal offenses making you eligible for deportation and ineligible for relief from removal.

If you believe you may be eligible for cancellation of removal, schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney.

Deportation Defense Waivers

If you are facing removal proceedings, you may qualify for a deportation defense waiver.

The U.S. Attorney General applies the criteria for granting waivers to qualifying immigrants, under the direction of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The three most common types of deportation defense waivers, named after sections of the INA, are the I-601 Waiver, the I-601a Waiver, and the 212(c) Waiver.

If you or someone you love are threatened with deportation, do not sign or file anything without first consulting an experienced, trusted immigration attorney. At Lim Law, P.A., we help individuals and families find their way to a new home in the United States.

Orlando Immigration Court

In Central Florida, your deportation case will most likely be heard in Orlando Immigration Court. There are many reasons the government will deport non-citizens.

Certain crimes may be cause for a deportation. These crimes include drug or firearm offenses, aggravated felonies, domestic violence offenses, and crimes of “moral turpitude.” Additionally, some crimes can prevent you from becoming a citizen, adjusting your status, or re-entering the United States if you leave.

It does not matter if you are an undocumented immigrant or a legal resident, having a criminal conviction can lead to deportation proceedings. Also, it can cause issues if you travel abroad, apply for citizenship, or adjust your status. Even certain misdemeanors may lead to removal proceedings.

Reasons for deportation, however, are not limited to crimes. For example, if you violate the terms of your visa, fail to notify USCIS when you move, or apply for public assistance, DHS may seek to deport you.

Make sure you have a dedicated Maitland deportation defense attorney guiding you through this difficult time. Call us today at (407) 512-9919.


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    Henry Lim, Esq.

    Founding Attorney

    Born in Nicaragua, Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim knows the immigrant experience firsthand. He knows how stressful the process can be. Because of this, Henry knows the value of an aggressive immigration attorney. He uses his skill and insight to work for you.
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    Rafael Ortiz-Segura

    Of Counsel

    With 23 years of experience on the bench, former Immigration Judge Rafael Ortiz-Segura brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to Lim Law, P.A. His time in Orlando immigration court makes him one of the most experienced professionals in immigration in all of Central Florida. Most immigration lawyers in Orlando have argued cases before him.
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    Henye S. Perez


    Henye S. Perez has handled a multitude of cases involving complex immigration matters, ranging fro visa petitions to defending immigrants in removal proceedings. He has advocated for clients before U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration Customs & Enforcement, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review in immigration court. Mr. Perez graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2010. He then continued his studies at ...
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    Michelle Villagran


    Michelle Villagran joined the Lim Law, P.A. team in 2017. As the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, she has a personal understanding of the struggles individuals endure while navigating the American immigration system. Ms. Villagran graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010, where she received a bachelor's degree in Business Management. She later graduated from the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. During her law school career, Ms. Villagran participated in the ...


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