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Immigration Appeals Attorney in Chicago

If you receive an adverse decision on an immigration application or matter, never give up. This is often not the end of the road, but the appeals process can be highly complicated. You want to seek assistance from an Illinois immigration appeals attorney immediately. 

Different Types of Appeals

Different authorities review different types of immigration appeals, including the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

The AAO hears appeals of unfavorable decisions on the following:

  • Applications for adjustment of status
  • Applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Temporary visa petitions
  • Religious worker, juvenile, orphan, and special immigrant petitions
  • Employment or investment visas

The BIA hears the following appeals:

  • Bond set by immigration judges
  • Deportation and removal proceedings
  • Denials of I-130 petitions by USCIS

If these initial appeal channels are unsuccessful, some people appeal their cases further to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. There are different types of actions that might be filed in the Court of Appeals during the immigration process, including a mandamus action, APA action, or habeas corpus petition. These are complex legal actions, and you want an experienced attorney handling every step of the process.

Overview of Immigration Appeals

First, know that time is of the essence when you receive an adverse decision on your immigration matter. This is because you usually only have 30 days to file an appeal. If you do not already have an immigration attorney handling your case, you should find one right away after you realize you need to file an appeal. 

Our legal team reviews your initial application or proceeding and identifies the reasons for the denial, building an appeal strategy and gathering information to present as part of your appeal case. We know that each immigration situation is unique, so we approach each appeal with a fresh perspective regarding your individual circumstances. 

We determine which channel will need to review your appeal and file all necessary information with the appropriate reviewing authority. Most immigration appeals, such as with the AAO or BIA, rely heavily on written briefs filed with the court instead of oral arguments, so you need an attorney with a solid history of drafting persuasive and effective appellate motions. This is yet another reason why it is always best to have the proper legal representation during the immigration appeals process. If the initial written appeal is unsuccessful, we will advise you whether we can proceed into the court system on your behalf.  

Speak with an Illinois Immigration Appeals Attorney Today

Learning that your immigration application has been denied or that removal proceedings are moving forward can be distressing, but you still have options under U.S. immigration law and procedure. The Law Office of Robert D. Ahlgren and Associates, P.C., handles complex immigration appeals in Illinois, and we can assess the best course of action in your case.

Contact us to discuss your situation right away – there is no time to lose when it comes to immigration appeals. 

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