Appeals / Motions to Reopen and Reconsider

Appeals

If an immigration judge has ordered your removal, it is important to act quickly to protect yourself from deportation while you continue to fight your case. It may be necessary to file an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) or the Federal Court of Appeals. The appellate process can be long and demanding; competent and aggressive representation is crucial to ensuring a positive result. At Ayala & Acosta, we have experience in appealing cases to both the BIA and 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Motion to Reopen and Motions Reconsider

In situations where an appeal is not possible or not appropriate, Motions to Reopen or Reconsider can be filed with the Immigration Court. A motion to reopen a case asks that the Court to consider evidence that was not available before. Motions to reconsider ask the Court to reconsider its decision because of an error of fact or law. They may provide an individual with another opportunity to fight his or her case after an order of deportation has been issued. However, both motions usually have strict filing deadlines. If you have received an order of deportation, it is important to contact an experienced attorney immediately.