1. A list of the detainee’s family members who are in the United States and proof of their status. Documents used for evidence may include marriage certificates, birth certificates, naturalization certificates, passports, or Green Cards.
2. Evidence of the detainee’s identity, such as passport; national identification card; driver’s license, etc. If the detainee has been using more than one identity, bring in what evidence you have of the multiple identities of this person. Be sure to tell your attorney if the detainee has been using multiple identities so that he can clear up any confusion that might otherwise exist as to who this person is.
3. If the detainee has been arrested for some criminal involvement, bring the criminal complaint, conviction, and sentence to your attorney. This should include all past criminal involvement, not just the matter that now has your loved one detained.
4. Work history- – If the detainee has been working – -whether authorized or not – – bring his pay-stubs, letters from his employer and proof he filed his income taxes for that income. If you do not have a social security number, you should request an ITIN to help file your taxes.
5. Military record. If your loved one served in any of the armed forces of the United States, bring his/her discharge papers.
6. Any other evidence that you have – – letters from neighbors, family, friends, clergy, or other reputable people that can attest to his character. Specifically, that he will show up for all his future hearings and also that would tend to show he is not posing a threat to the community.
7. A complete history of the detainee’s contacts with immigration: Has he ever been removed; turned away from the border; what visas has he used and when did he last enter the United States and had he ever entered the United States before.