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.

Did you receive a deportation notice? Call (407) 512-9919 or contact Lim Law online for a free consultation. Our services are available in English and Spanish.

It Starts With a Deportation Notice

Deportation proceedings start when you receive a “Notice to Appear” from the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The deportation notice orders you to appear in front of an immigration judge.

Common Defenses to Removal

If you receive a Notice to Appear, it does not automatically mean you will be deported. There may be relief options available to you.

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 a 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 are eligible for cancellation of removal, call (407) 512-9919 to schedule free consultation with a deportation attorney near you. We speak Spanish!

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.

Common Reasons for Deportation

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

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    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 is the Senior Associate Attorney at Lim Law, P.A. Focusing on Immigration and Nationality Law, Attorney Perez has handled a multitude of cases involving complex immigration matters, ranging from visa petitions to defending immigrants in removal proceedings. He has successfully advocated for clients before U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration Customs & Enforcement, the Executive Office of Immigration Review and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Graduating ...
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    Michelle Villagran


    Michelle Villagran joined the Lim Law 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. Michelle graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She later graduated from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. During her law school career, Michelle participated in the Barry Law Immigration ...
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    Rachel has been with Lim Law, P.A. since September 2019. Her passion for the law began when she was a child and her parents joke that they knew she would be a lawyer when they discovered her making her sisters sign contracts to commit to promises they made. She began her legal career more than 20 years ago as a receptionist in a small law firm before becoming a paralegal and ultimately going to law school. Rachel graduated from Barry University School of Law in May 2014 and has been practicing ...
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    Daniel Teyssier


    Daniel E. Teyssier has been with Lim Law, P.A. since March 2018, born in Mexico City. He has a history of 14 years formation and work experience in government agencies such as the Consulate of Mexico in Orlando and the Mission of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva and Switzerland. He speaks English, Spanish and French, and has an extensive knowledge and experience working with the community. He has a great passion for sports and cars. The most important thing to him is family.
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    Jiamin Liang

    International Marketing

    Jiamin is from Canton China, hometown of dim sum and many other delicious foods. As Director of Overseas Marketing for Lim Law, Jiamin coordinates all activities through our China branch in Guangzhou. This magnificent city is home to the Canton Tower and shares very similar weather to Orlando. Jiamin travels all year within China and oftentimes seeks business opportunities for the firm in other countries. At one point, she travelled to eleven cities in China all within six days! Jiamin enjoys ...
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    Vanessa Vargas


    Vanessa Vargas was born in Lima, Peru. She joined the Lim Law Team one year ago and believes it has been very rewarding opportunity. Immigration law is close to her heart because she underwent the process herself and is eager to help others in need. She is eagerly pursuing her bachelor’s degree with honors in Political Science at the University of Central Florida and will graduate one year earlier than anticipated. She hopes to become a successful Immigration Attorney one day. In her free time, ...
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    Sheana Malavet


    Sheana Malavet was born on a military base in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. She joined the Lim Law family as a Paralegal in February 2019, and she has an educational background in the legal field with degrees in Paralegal and Legal Studies. She has always wanted to be a member of the legal community. She is ambitious and goal oriented. She is passionate about advocating for human rights and aspires to run for congress sometime within the next few years. She loves logic and reasoning games. Her favorite ...
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    Meybelin Barrera was born in Queens, New York. She is the daughter of Colombian nationals whose immigration story has shaped her pursuit to serve the community. She received a Bachelor's degree with honors in Business & Information Management in addition to a certification and specialization in Financial Operations from Seminole State College. She joined the Lim Law team after working for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association in their Guardian ad Litem program, where she ...
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    Viviana Roman was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has one daughter, Annabelle, whom she loves to spend her afternoons rollerblading around the neighborhood. She joined the Lim Law, P.A. team over one year ago, and it was something very new for her. She was excited to take on this opportunity and is happy to help others everyday. She loves being part of the Lim Law team, and is excited for the future of our firm!


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