Savannah BIA & Federal Court Litigation Lawyer
If an immigration judge or official rules against you, you might feel that you have no hope. Fortunately, the immigration system in the United States is set up so that you almost always have the right to an appeal to a higher court, which reviews the decision made below and has the power to set it aside.
Shirazi Immigration Law has represented many clients before the Board of Immigration Appeal, in federal court, or before the Administrative Appeals Office. Please contact our Savannah BIA & federal court litigation lawyer today if you need assistance.
The Board of Immigration Appeals
This is an administrative panel that meets in Falls Church, Virginia. It is made up of immigration law judges who review decisions issued below to determine whether to uphold them or send them back. Typically, the court looks to see if the immigration judge or agency official followed the law when reviewing your case.
Many of our clients ask the BIA to review:
- Deportation orders
- Adverse decisions made by immigration officials
- Adverse rulings by immigration judges
- Denials of naturalization
- Bond hearings
- Immigration visa petitions related to status classification
- Immigration visa petitions excluding aliens from applying for admission
- Motions to reopen a case
- Motions to reconsider
- Delays of citizenship
An applicant should hire a lawyer to submit a written brief outlining why the decision below was wrong and why the BIA should rule for them. The BIA rarely accepts new evidence—instead, it makes a decision based on the record below and the arguments submitted on behalf of both sides.
Federal Court Litigation
If you are unhappy with a decision made by an immigration official or immigration judge, you might appeal to the federal court, which can review the decision below. Shirazi Immigration Law has represented people challenging the following:
- Final order of removal, exclusion, or deportation from the BIA
- ICE removal order
- Denial of a motion to reconsider
- Denial of a motion to reopen
- Denial of asylum
In Georgia, the federal court is the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which has complicated procedures to follow. Those individuals seeking justice should not try to represent themselves.
Administrative Appeals Office (AAO)
Sometimes, the correct venue to appeal is the AAO. This is an administrative panel that reviews certain decisions made by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. We might bring an appeal to the AAO for any of the following:
- Denials of immigration visa petitions (EB-2 and EB-3)
- Denials of nonimmigration visa petitions (Visas H, L, O, P and Q)
- Application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Any proceeding brought under the Immigration Reform and Control Act
- Denials of the application for certificate of citizenship
- Denials of an application to preserve evidence for naturalization
The AAO has its own deadlines and procedures, and litigants will seriously compromise their case if they hire a lawyer who isn’t intimately familiar with them. With the right legal team, you give yourself the best chance for winning an appeal.
We Can Represent You in BIA & Federal Court Litigation in Savannah
The appeals process is like a labyrinth or maze, but our attorneys are known for their expert navigational abilities. For help with your case, please reach out to Shirazi Immigration Law today to schedule a consultation. We strive to provide the best, individualized representation for our clients in Savannah.