Relief from Removal or Deportation
In many cases, a person with a deportation order may be able to delay or avoid deportation through various forms of relief. These types of relief include (but are not limited to):
1) Voluntary departure;
2) Cancellation of removal based on continuous residence in the U.S.:
3) Adjustment of status to permanent residence;
4) Citizenship (possibly based on a parent’s United States citizenship);
5) Waivers for fraud, health-related issues, or certain criminal convictions;
6) Asylum, Withholding of Removal, or protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT);
7) Victims Against Women Act (VAWA); and
8) Vacating of prior criminal convictions.
Additionally, various waivers and exceptions are available with respect to the grounds for deportation. Thus, even though the client has committed an act that triggers deportation, he or she may qualify for such a waiver that prevents removal.
Once an immigration judge issues an order of deportation, the decision may be appealed. The appeals process is complex, time consuming, and often frustrating. However, in most cases, the appeal does allow the alien to remain, and often work in the country while the appeal is being processed. If you are in removal proceedings you will need an attorney to advocate on your behalf and guide you through the appeals process.
Contact Protogyrou Law, P.L.C. for a free consultation.