Removal Proceedings / Plea Agreements

Removal Proceedings / Plea Agreements

If you are facing removal proceedings

The immigration appeals attorneys at the New Jersey immigration law office of Meyner and Landis LLP represent people who are seeking permanent residence in the U.S. but are facing a removal hearing or a deportation appeal. The Immigration Court and the Department of Homeland Security are different, but they work together. The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for enforcing the U.S. Patriot Act and immigration is affected by this Act. The immigration appeals attorneys at Meyner and Landis LLP will handle your case knowledgeably and aggressively before the court and/or Department of Homeland Security.

Are you a foreign national facing criminal charges in the U.S.? It is very important that the lawyer handling your criminal defense in New Jersey state or federal court consult a knowledgeable attorney with experience in both immigration and crime cases when preparing your defense. Our immigration appeals attorneys can work with your criminal defense attorney to ensure your rights are protected.

ATTORNEYS: Immigrant crime cases present some unique challenges. The wrong approach in state or federal court could harm your client's standing with immigration. The immigration attorneys at Meyner and Landis LLP are available to consult with you as you prepare your criminal defense case.

At an immigration court removal hearing, a lawyer from the Department of Homeland Security will present the case against you stating one of several possible reasons for your removal, including:

  • You are in the U.S. illegally, without permission
  • You have worked in the U.S. without permission or in violation of the terms of your visa
  • You misrepresented yourself on your visa or citizenship paperwork
  • Someone who prepared your immigration paperwork misrepresented you (don't trust this important paperwork to an inexperienced layperson- get professional legal help with green card applications)
  • Your visa has expired
  • You have committed a crime, including the crime of smuggling other immigrants into the country illegally. Not all crimes will cause you to be deported, but if you are facing a criminal charge of any sort, you should consult an immigration appeals attorney to see if your immigration status could be jeopardized. Criminal convictions can lead to deportation even if you are a LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT.

In immigration deportation proceedings, you have a right to an attorney, to a fair hearing, to present evidence and hear evidence against you, and to appeal if the court decides to deport you. Our immigration appeals attorneys are here to protect your rights in immigration court. Contact our office to talk to an immigration lawyer if you are facing removal proceedings. The following legal appeals can be made in your defense:

  • Cancellation of Removal for Non-Lawful Permanent Residents (AKA: "The ten-year law")
  • Cancellation of Removal for Battered Spouses or Children
  • Suspension of Deportation (AKA: "the seven-year law")
  • Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence
  • NACARA relief
  • Asylum
  • Withholding of Removal
  • Withholding of Removal under the Convention Against Torture
  • Waivers


You have the right to appeal. An appeals procedure can take several months to several years. Usually you can stay in the U.S. during that time, and can renew your employment authorization. It's not easy to win an immigration appeal; you need the most experienced immigration appeals attorney available, who understands the complexity of these cases. Even if you lose your first appeal, it is sometimes possible to appeal to a higher court. Contact our office to find an immigration appeals lawyer who can handle your case.

Criminal Charges

Our immigration attorneys have worked on behalf of foreign nationals married to U.S. citizens who are facing criminal charges or who have committed crimes. We provide legal assistance in criminal courts to vacate pleas and we work with criminal defense lawyers to negotiate criminal pleas so the immigrant remains eligible for citizenship. Please see Removal Proceedings / Plea Alternatives.

With offices in Newark, New Jersey ane New York, New York, the immigration attorneys at Meyner and Landis LLP represent individual foreign nationals throughout New Jersey, including Essex, Bergen, Hudson, Union, Middlesex, Passaic and Morris Counties, as well as throughout the United States.