If you want to enter the United States legally, you need a visa that qualifies you for admission to the United States. In many cases, the visa needs to be obtained before you enter the United States, however, under certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, an individual who has entered the county illegally can qualify for admission to the United States of America. Once admitted, that person can then adjust status to become a permanent resident of the United States and then a citizen of the United States. You can even qualify for these forms of relief if you are in deportation or removal proceedings. If you have been the victim of a violent crime, such as domestic violence, even if you are in the United States illegally, you may be eligible for admission to the United States and then able to subsequently adjust. There are many ways to enter the United States legally. There are also many ways to become legal even if you entered illegally, and even if you are in deportation or removal proceedings, you may have a form of relief. A Notice to Appear in Immigration Court before an Immigration Judge will be the legal document that puts you on notice that you are in removal proceedings. Immigration is very complex area of law and you should consult a licensed attorney who can help navigate you through these difficult waters. Contact Immigration Attorney Brandon Smoot, a licensed Florida attorney, at the Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut in Tallahassee, Florida, to schedule a consultation to see if you may be eligible for a form of immigration relief.