Asylum/DACA/Removal Defense Attorney in Richmond
Our Full-Service Immigration Firm Proudly Serves Clients Nationwide
Dowd & Company PC proudly represents clients from around world who need reliable guidance to petition for asylum. We know that asylum seekers must overcome harrowing obstacles in order to make their way to the United States border. That is why our compassionate and highly skilled legal professionals are committed to using our extensive knowledge of the law to provide insightful counsel at each phase of the legal process. With our cutting-edge resources, you can count on us to build a strong, customized legal strategy that is tailored to your unique circumstances. Speak to us today about the details of your case so we can determine your eligibility.
We can even help you file all of the necessary paperwork and documents to petition for asylum. Call (804) 265-4750 to consult with our seasoned immigration team.
Who Is Eligible for Asylum?
Persecution against a person or group can take many different forms, including death threats, violence, torture, detention, or economic deprivation. In order to be approved for asylum, you must prove you have a “well-founded fear” of persecution if you were to return to your country of origin. You must also prove the level of persecution you face to an immigration judge or officer.
Under U.S immigration law, you must be fleeing persecution based on one of the following factors:
- Sexual orientation
- Political opinion
- Membership in a particular social group
Let us review your situation so we can help you build a strong case to prove that the level of persecution you face warrants asylum. Call (804) 265-4750 today.
Individuals who are eligible for DACA can avoid deportation and obtain deferred action status. DACA recipients can also apply for work permits that will be valid for the duration of their deferred action. Approved deferrals last for two years and can be renewed after they expire.
Under the DACA program, undocumented immigrants who crossed the border into the United States before the age of 16 can apply for temporary relief from deportation. Although DACA recipients won’t be sought for deportation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the program does not grant them visas or legal immigration status.
Eligibility requirements for DACA include:
- You must be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- You entered the U.S. before you turned 16 years old
- You have continuously lived in the U.S. from June 15, 2007, to the present
- You entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012
- You were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time requested consideration for deferred action with USCIS
- You are currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces
- You haven’t been convicted of a felony, major misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors
- You are not a threat to national security or public safety
Removal Defense Services
Are you or a loved one facing deportation for being in the U.S. illegally or for committing a crime? If so, get in touch with our reliable legal team at Dowd & Company PC so that we assess the details of your case to determine if DHS’s charges against you are valid.
Immigration court proceedings for removal are different than regular criminal court proceedings because no jury is present. Removal proceedings also feature less scripted legal language because immigrants might not be familiar with legal procedures used in the U.S.
Removal defense strategies that we have used to defend clients from deportation orders include:
- Arguing that the charge is false or does not meet adequate grounds for removability under U.S. immigration law
- Requesting a green card order from the judge for immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen or "preference relatives" with current priority dates and available visa numbers
- Proving that our client qualifies for asylum because they experienced or reasonably fear they would experience persecution if they returned to their country of origin
- Obtaining proof that our client is actually a U.S. citizen because their parent never realized that they were a U.S. citizen through a U.S. citizen parent or grandparent
- Presenting an application for cancellation of removal if our clients has spent a several years in the United States, can demonstrate they have good moral character, and prove they have established close ties to others in the U.S.
We know firsthand how complicated the immigration and deportation process can be, which is why at Dowd & Company PC, our legal team is always available to listen to our clients’ questions and concerns regarding their cases. Let us review the details of your situation today so we can determine all of your options under the law and make sure you have everything you need to make informed decisions.