If you lost an immigration case and are interested in exercising your right to file an appeal, you could be left waiting for a significant amount of time. Typically, waiting for an immigration appeal to be heard could take months or even up to a year. However, no two situations are alike, and some factors can impact how long you must wait.
Factors That Can Affect the Timing of Your Case
Several factors can impact how long it takes for an immigration appeal to make its way in front of a judge. One reason a case may not be heard is if a notice of appeal has not been filed within 30 days of an original decision. The United States Department of Justice strictly states that you have 30 days from the time of an immigration judge’s decision to file your appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
Another possible delay in your case could be the sheer volume of cases the Board of Appeals (BIA) is processing at a particular time. If the BIA is busy, it may take longer for them to get to your case.
If you feel you have waited an exorbitantly long time for your case to be heard, it could be worthwhile to attempt to check the status of your case. Sometimes, a lawyer can help you find the information you are looking for, so you are not left to face the bureaucratic system alone.
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Understanding Immigration Law
Moving from your home country to start a new life in the United States is brave but challenging. In addition to the sudden changes in your lifestyle, trying to wrap your head around the complexities of a new legal system might feel overwhelming.
Remember that you have rights as an immigrant, regardless of your current status. You also have resources to help you navigate the system. Hiring a lawyer could help put you at ease during your fight for justice and directly impact the future of you and your loved ones.
Tips for Filing Your Appeal
When your appeal is finally brought before a judge, there are certain steps you can take that could help improve your chances of a favorable outcome.
- You can take notes on possible errors a judge made during your original case
- Be sure to file your notice of appeal on time to avoid the costly error of missing your appeal window
- Try to organize the facts of your case in a legally sound manner to ensure your situation is not misconstrued or misunderstood in court
- Consult with a legal professional to find out the best way to approach your case
- Educate yourself on the appeal process, so you understand each step of your battle for justice
A Lawyer Could Help
If you are currently waiting for an immigration appeal to be heard or are considering filing an appeal, having a lawyer by your side could be beneficial. Lawyers can help in one or more of the following ways:
- Save you time by helping you fill out legal paperwork
- Explain the legal process to you, which can be particularly helpful if you are not familiar with immigration law in the United States
- Ensure you do not miss any important deadlines
- Available to answer your questions
- Organize your appeal in a legal manner that could improve your chances of winning your case
- Give you a sense of stability and support as you face a period of uncertainty
- Help manage your future by giving you a sense of possible outcomes in your case
- Much more
New Frontier Immigration Law Has Experience With Cases Like Yours
If you are looking for a team of dedicated lawyers with a history of success, at New Frontier Immigration Law, we may be able to help. A quick look at our testimonials is proof of our satisfied clients and dedication to every case we represent. As you face this difficult time in your life, remember that you do not have to go through it alone.
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Waiting for an immigration appeal to be heard can be incredibly difficult, challenging, and stressful for you and your loved ones. If you are interested in learning more about your options, our team at New Frontier Immigration Law is available to discuss your situation during a free, no-obligation strategic session today.
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