In re X

Anish Vashistha

Case Conclusion Date:March 17, 2010

Practice Area:Immigration

Outcome:My client was granted withholding of removal.

Description:A Pakistani citizen with a Green Card was convicted in the United States for grand theft and identity theft. After serving his criminal sentence, he was immediately transferred to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security and placed in removal proceedings. The Immigration Judge found him removable for having two aggravated felonies, making him ineligible for several forms of relief including asylum and cancellation of removal. My office was retained to represent the individual before the Immigration Court. I decided that the best option for my client was to pursue withholding of removal given the terrible conditions in Pakistan. Withholding of removal is similar to asylum but is much more difficult to obtain because more evidence is required for it to be approved. I met with the client who was in detention and with his family members on several occasions to let them understand what was required for the client to receive withholding of removal. The Department of Homeland Security placed great effort in the case and worked very hard to have my client's application for withholding of removal dismissed by the Immigration Judge. Nevertheless, the Immigration Judge granted my client withholding of removal so that he may stay with his family in the United States rather than being returned to Pakistan.