Payam Yazdani, Attorney at Law

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Immigration Court Proceedings


Immigration removal proceedings (deportation) before the immigration court is commenced after a respondent (the immigrant) is served with a Notice to Appear, and a copy of the notice is filed with the immigration court. This may happen following denial of an adjustment application, or when an individual who is present in the country illegally is apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.


As a general matter, Immigration Judges determine removability and adjudicate applications for relief from removal. The first hearing in a removal proceeding is called a Master Calendar hearing. During the first Master hearing, the respondent is expected to enter his pleadings. The respondent has an opportunity to admit or deny allegations and charges, and ask for a relief from removal. Following the first Master hearing, additional Master hearings may be scheduled, or the case may be set for a final Individual hearing. Generally, the respondent must file his application for relief at or shortly after the last Master hearing. When a respondent is kept in custody, a custody redetermination hearing or a bond hearing can be conducted.


Immigration proceedings are complex and there are many different reliefs available. It is strongly recommended that an immigration attorney accompany the respondent at the Master hearings. Failure to attend removal hearings, or inability to conduct the hearings properly can result in removal (deportation) from the country.


Payam Yazdani and attorneys at Bloomfield & Kempf, LLP handle all immigration matters including Immigration Court proceedings. Call us today at 614-592-7827 for consultation.


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Jurisdiction and Authority of Immigration Courts

There are more than 200 Immigration Judges in more than 50 Immigration Courts nationwide.

Ohio currently has only one immigration court, located at 801 West Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.

Immigration Judges generally have the authority to make determinations of removability, deportability, and excludability, adjudicate applications for relief from removal or deportation, including, but not limited to, asylum, withholding of removal (“restriction on removal”), protection under the Convention Against Torture, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, registry, and certain waivers, review credible fear and reasonable fear determinations made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), conduct claimed status review proceedings, conduct custody hearings and bond redetermination proceedings, make determinations in rescission of adjustment of status and departure control cases, take any other action consistent with applicable law and regulation as may be appropriate, including such actions as ruling on motions, issuing subpoenas, and ordering pre-hearing conferences and Immigration Judges also have the authority to conduct disciplinary proceedings pertaining to attorneys and accredited representatives, administer the oath of citizenship in administrative naturalization ceremonies conducted by DHS, and conduct removal proceedings initiated by the Office of Special Investigations.

Although Immigration Judges exercise broad authority over matters brought before the Immigration Courts, there are certain immigration-related matters over which Immigration Judges do not have authority, these matters include, visa petitions, employment authorization, certain waivers, naturalization applications, revocation of naturalization, parole into the United States under INA � 212(d)(5), applications for advance parole, employer sanctions, administrative fines and penalties under 8 C.F.R. parts 280 and 1280, and determinations by the Department of Homeland Security involving safe third country agreements.


  Payam Yazdani


Columbus Office

175 South Third Street, Suite 1010

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dallas Office

325 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 3100

Dallas, Texas 75201

Phone: (614) 961-4414

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Ohio Immigration Lawyer Payam Yazdani

Past Of Counsel at Columbus Immigration Law Firm Bloomfield & Kempf, LLP

Located in Columbus Ohio and representing clients nationwide including Ohio cities such as Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron, Toledo, Canton, Dublin, Powell, Hilliard, Westerville, Lewis Center, Gahanna, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Whitehall, Bexley, and Upper Arlington, and counties such as Franklin County, Delaware County, Cuyahoga County, Hamilton County, and other neighboring Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania counties.    Providing immigration services including filing for greencards or permanent residency, citizenship, asylum, work visas, investment visas, student visas, fianc� visas, National Visa Center visa processing, appeals, and court representation in deportation & removal proceedings before the Cleveland Immigration Court. Immigration attorneys at our office in Columbus Ohio are experienced in all areas of immigration law.

Contact our office to consult with an immigration lawyer in Columbus Ohio.

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