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Overcoming Obstacles: Reopening a 24-Year Old Deportation Order

Overcoming Obstacles: Reopening a 24-Year Old Deportation Order

At DeMine Immigration Law Firm, we encounter diverse challenges in our pursuit of justice for our clients.

Today, we're thrilled to share a recent triumph: the successful reopening of Ms. P's 24-year-old deportation case.

Ms. P, a Russian native, faced a daunting ordeal. Misguided legal advice led to her asylum application being referred to immigration court, unbeknownst to her. Consequently, she missed her court hearing, resulting in an order of removal looming over her for decades.

Upon consulting our firm, Ms. P revealed her changed circumstances—she's now married to a U.S. citizen eager to petition for her. Our strategy began with filing an I-130 marriage petition with USCIS. Once approved, we swiftly pursued reopening Ms. P's case in the New York immigration court.

While the law typically mandates a motion to reopen within 180 days of a removal order, exceptions exist for cases lacking proper notice. In Ms. P's situation, though she knew of her court date, we invoked the court's Sua Sponte powers, arguing compelling equities, especially the hardship her U.S. citizen spouse would endure if the motion were denied.

After a tense wait of 5 months, the court granted our motion, paving Ms. P's path to permanent residency. Our next step involves filing her adjustment of status based on her marriage. Once USCIS confirms the pending status, we'll seek to terminate her deportation.

Though Ms. P's journey continues, overcoming the most challenging hurdle—the reopening of her decades-old case—fills us with pride. At DeMine Immigration Law Firm, we're committed to navigating complex legal terrain, ensuring our clients' rights and futures are safeguarded.

For those facing similar challenges, don't hesitate to reach out. Together, we can surmount even the most formidable obstacles on your immigration journey.

Contact us today to explore your options and secure your future.