Removal proceedings / Immigration Court / Defense against Deportation In Providence, RI
The Law Office Of Claudia Gregoire offers years of experience representing individuals who are in removal proceedings (sometimes also referred to as “deportation proceedings”) before the Immigration Court. There are many reasons why a person may be before an Immigration Judge. A person who has been a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) for many years may be before an Immigration Judge due to an old criminal conviction. Another individual may be in removal proceedings because U.S.C.I.S. denied an adjustment of status application based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen.
An immigration court case begins with the issuance of a Notice to Appear (“NTA”), which lists the charges against the individual and states the reasons why the U.S. Government believes the person is removable, or subject to deportation, from the United States. Once in court, the individual may avail himself of several forms of relief, including applying for asylum, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents and non-lawful permanent residents, and waivers, among other forms of relief.
Individuals in removal proceedings must appear for all scheduled hearings. At Master Calendar hearings, the Immigration Judge will typically accept written “pleadings” from the Respondent (person in removal proceedings) and determine the types of relief for which the person is applying. The Court will then typically schedule a date for an individual hearing, similar to a trial, when the Respondent will have an opportunity to present testimony and evidence in support of his applications. During an individual hearing, the attorney for the Government, the trial attorney, will also have an opportunity to present evidence and cross-examine the Respondent’s witnesses.
Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) / First Circuit Court of Appeals / Motion to Reopen / Motion to Reconsider
A Respondent may appeal the decision of an Immigration Judge to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), an administrative court which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. If he chooses not to do, the Immigration Judge’s decision becomes final, although some Immigration Court decisions may be reopened or reconsidered. A branch of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the BIA reviews the decisions of Immigration Judges and some decisions of U.S.C.I.S., for example, denials of I-130 family-based petitions.
Decisions of the BIA serve as final administrative orders, although some may be appealed to the appropriate circuit court of appeals. The BIA may affirm (agree with) the decision of the agency or Immigration Judge, or may reverse and remand (send back) a case to the Immigration Judge for further action.
Attorney Grégoire has handled numerous appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and First Circuit Court of Appeals with success, either obtaining grants of motions to reopen based on ineffective assistance of counsel or the agreement of U.S. attorneys to administratively close removal proceedings, rather than keep a removal order in place. She has also won many motions to reopen filed with Immigration Judges, for example, for clients with old removal orders in absentia or changed circumstances in their home countries warranting a new review of an asylum claim.
Providence Immigration Lawyer Claudia Grégoire
Born in France, Providence Immigration Lawyer Claudia Grégoire came to the U.S. at the age of 6, and therefore understands the struggles associated with leaving one’s homeland and adapting to a new country. Her goal is to make the transition to the U.S. smooth for her clients. Keeping abreast of developments in immigration law in order to win cases efficiently and painlessly, Attorney Grégoire prides herself on positive results. Since beginning to practice immigration law, Attorney Grégoire has achieved the following outcomes, among others:
- Hundreds of marriage-based green card approvals;
- Dozens of approved asylum claims before the Boston Asylum Office and the Immigration Court;
- Numerous approved fiancé visas;
- Several granted motions to vacate pleas which led to terminated proceedings and prevented clients’ deportation;
- Dozens of approved Special Immigrant Juvenile visas and green cards based upon SIJ approval;
- Grants of motions to reopen and motions to remand before the Immigration Judge (IJ) and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
Providence immigration lawyer Claudia Grégoire fosters a strong rapport with her clients in order to understand the critical details of their life stories. With the goal of easing clients’ fears and gaining important information about each case, Attorney Grégoire promptly returns phone calls and e-mails and continually meets with clients to keep them apprised of their case. Attorney Grégoire speaks French and Spanish fluently.
At the Law Office of Claudia Grégoire, clients will encounter unparalleled personal service and positive results in their immigration cases. A graduate of Harvard University and Fordham University School of Law, who speaks French, Spanish and Italian, Claudia Grégoire has ten years of experience in immigration law, first in private law firms and now in her own practice. Claudia has three times been named a Rising Star in Rhode Island in the field of immigration law by SuperLawyers magazine and has a 10.0 rating with AVVO, based on consistently exceptional client reviews. She has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 2007.
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