How Do Appeals Work in Immigration Cases?

by Blake P. Somers, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist

There are a variety of different types of appeals that can be taken in immigration cases when the individual involved receives a decision with which they disagree. Covering all these types of appeals in one article would be extremely difficult in any sort of fashion, thus, this brief blog will simply focus on appeals of immigration judges decisions in removal proceedings where the government is seeking the deportation of a non-citizen of the United States. If an individual receives a decision from an Immigration Judge that they do not like, then they almost always have a right to appeal that decision, or at least certain aspects of the decision. In order to obtain an appeal, the individual must first reserve the appeal at the end of the case (or potentially after the adverse decision is rendered, if it is not the ultimate decision in the case).

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