If you or a loved one lost an immigration case, remember that you still have legal options. There are ways to appeal the judge’s decision and pursue a result you deserve. In some cases, it could be beneficial to have a legal professional on your side throughout this process.
Examples of Immigration Cases
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that there are over 13 million legal permanent residents in the United States, but immigration cases extend well beyond seeking permanent residency. Examples of immigration issues that could result in a court case include but are not limited to:
- K-1 visa cases
- Asylum seekers
- Naturalization and citizenship
- Waivers of inadmissibility
- U visas
- Special immigrant status for juveniles
- DACA cases
- Temporary protection status seekers
- Much more
If you or a loved one was involved in a ruling for any of these reasons or another immigration-based cause, remember that an initial decision does not necessarily mean you lost your case. You can appeal the judge’s decision.
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Appealing to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Appealing a ruling in your case means you have another shot at justice. To appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), you must submit your possible intent to appeal through a form called a “notice of appeal.”
When you receive the decision at the conclusion of an immigration case, a judge may ask you if you are considering an appeal. If there is any chance that you will appeal the decision of a judge, you should verbally confirm your right and possible intent to appeal.
After the conclusion of your case, you have 30 days to formally submit your notice of appeal to the Immigration Appeals board. This form may need to be mailed and could require a fee. If you are uncertain about how to file an appeal or nervous you will make a mistake in your paperwork, it could be worth consulting with a legal professional as you move forward.
Tips for Your Appeal
If you find yourself losing a case, there are certain immediate steps you can take that could help you in your appeal. Taking the following actions could be beneficial during the appeals process down the road:
- Carefully listen to the details of a decision and take notes on whether or not you have proof that contradicts the decision of a judge or court
- Consider the possible errors a judge may have made when hearing your case or evaluating the details of your case
- Document any possible evidence that the court or judge may not have trusted the account of your story, misinterpreted the details, or examples that you were possibly treated unfairly
If you are like most immigrants, you chose to uproot your life in search of a better future. Do not let a single interpretation of your account stifle your dreams of a brighter future. Remember that you have legal rights and options, and a more favorable decision could be ahead.
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Filing a Motion to Reopen
In addition to appealing the judge’s decision, you have other legal rights that could improve your chances of a favorable decision. For example, you may be able to file a motion to reopen or reconsider a decision if it is final. A lawyer specializing in immigration cases can help you learn more about your options.
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Hiring a Lawyer Could Be Beneficial in Your Case
As you face an uncertain time in your life, there could be several ways in which having a legal professional during your appeal to the immigration appeals board could help. The potential benefits of legal representation include but are not limited to:
- Help with paperwork, which can save you time and stress
- Can explain every step of the appeals process
- Available to answer your questions
- Offer general support
- Help you understand possible outcomes, allowing you and your family to plan for your future
- Much more
Our Team Has a History of Successful Appeals
If you are searching for a lawyer to help with your appeal, consider our team’s experience and history of success at New Frontier Immigration Law. We take pride in our testimonials, which act as proof of our dedication to our clients in all fields of law.
If you are interested in learning more about how New Frontier Immigration Law can help, our team is available to discuss your case.
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People choose to immigrate to the United States for many reasons, but you are generally seeking a better life for you and your loved ones. If you lost a case that is jeopardizing your future, remember that you have legal options to fight for the brighter future you envisioned.
Contact New Frontier Immigration Law today to learn more about what you can do next.