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Tampa Deportation & Removal Attorney

Powerful Advocacy for Deportation Cases

Facing removal from the United States can be emotional and traumatic, both for you and for any family members you could leave behind. Regardless of how you are feeling , securing representation from a skilled Tampa deportation attorney is essential. At Gardiner Immigration, Attorney Grace Gardiner provides her clients with knowledgeable, competent, and aggressive representation against the serious threat of removal from U.S. soil.

Contact us right away at (813) 750-0779 if you or a loved one is currently facing deportation in Plantation, Tampa, or Fort Lauderdale.

How Can I Defend Against Deportation?

Fighting your removal from the U.S. isn’t easy, but it’s possible with the right legal counsel at your side. Once the Department of Homeland Security or DHS has identified you as “removable” from the U.S., you will receive a letter called a Notice to Appear. If you’re already in custody, you may be given an immigration hold instead of a Notice to Appear. Because removal proceedings often begin after an alleged felony crime, you may also have criminal charges against you.

Your Notice to Appear will include any legal grounds for the DHS’s recommendation, as well as details about any felony-level charges. You will be required to appear in front of a judge in immigration court, but you are also entitled to present a full defense at that hearing.

Here are some of the most common defenses a skilled lawyer can make against deportation:

  • Unfair targeting by ICE: If your basic constitutional rights were violated during the deportation process, a qualified attorney may be able to make a Motion to Suppress. To qualify, you must have faced severe abuse, discrimination, and profiling from ICE or another government agency.
  • Cancellation of removal (for permanent residents only): Legal permanent residents (also known as Green Card holders) may be able to petition for a removal cancellation if they are unfairly accused of a crime, provided that they meet a very strict set of criteria. To qualify, you must have lived in the U.S. for at least 7 years and been a permanent resident for 5, and then prove that you did not commit an aggravated felony as defined by immigration services.
  • Extreme and unusual hardship: In rare cases, undocumented residents who have lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years can ask for a cancellation based on extreme hardship. This means that your spouse, parent, child, or other relatives will suffer serious consequences if you leave the country. This defense is exceptionally rare, and it will require your attorney to be very well-versed in immigration law.
  • Asylum: If returning to your home country will put you in danger or threaten your life, you could be considered eligible for relief on the basis of asylum.
  • Adjustment of legal status: For non-permanent residents, you may be able to circumvent removal proceedings if you are eligible for a green card. Talk to a lawyer first to confirm your eligibility.

Dedicated Immigration Attorney in South Florida

At Gardiner Immigration, we know how stressful and painful deportation and removal proceedings can be. That's why we’re committed to guiding individuals and families through the complex United States immigration system, and serving as advocates for those who need it most. From your first free consultation with us, you will feel more confident about your future, and the prospect of your immigration court date.

There’s no time to delay when you’re facing an involuntary removal. Contact us online for a free consultation with our immigration team.

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What Gardiner Immigration P.A. Has to Offer
  • Seasoned Legal Guidance

    We have over 20 years of experience helping clients in all areas of immigration law.

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    Clients throughout Florida turn to our firm because they know that we get results.

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    Our founding attorney spends individual time with each client to help them through the process.

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    The team at Gardiner Immigration offers English, Mandarin and Japanese languages.