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Some Crucial Things To Know If You Are Facing Deportation


Facing deportation is a serious matter. If you are deported, it means you are removed from the United States of America. Apart from leading to removal from the U.S., if you are deported, it could adversely affect your ability to enter the U.S. again. If you are facing deportation, it is vital that you retain a qualified immigration attorney. A qualified immigration attorney can help you protect your rights. They can help you develop a strong defense strategy.

Some Important Things To Know if You Are Facing Deportation

If you are in removal proceedings, there are several facts you need to know about. The following are some of the facts you need to know about if you are facing the prospect of being deported from the United States of America;

Just Because You Are in Removal Proceedings Does Not Mean You Will be Deported

Every year, approximately 300,000 immigrants are removed from the United States of America. However, not everyone who is placed in removal proceedings is removed from the U.S. There are several ways to fight deportation. If you are in removal proceedings, you must avoid assuming that you cannot do anything to prevent deportation. Instead, start researching how to fight deportation and hire an experienced immigration attorney. An immigration attorney can work with you to determine the best deportation defense to use in your case.

There Are Many Ways of Avoiding Removal

As stated already, there are many ways of fighting deportation. There are many options that can allow you to remain in the United States of America and continue seeking legal permanent residence or citizenship. If you are in removal proceedings, the following are some of the options you may have for fighting deportation;

  • If you are facing a criminal conviction, you could secure post-conviction relief
  • You could secure an adjustment of status
  • You could seek asylum
  • You could challenge the evidence that the DHS has against you

Adjustment of status is the process of applying to be a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S. when you are physically present in the United States. On the other hand, you can seek asylum if you can demonstrate you have suffered persecution because of a protected ground and/or have a valid reason to believe you will be persecuted if you return to your home country.

There Are Alternatives To Involuntary Removal

If you cannot avoid deportation, you may have alternatives to involuntary removal. Involuntary removal can come with a 10-year inadmissibility period. Pursuing an alternative can prevent this inadmissibility period. For instance, your attorney could help you secure a voluntary departure.

You Can File for Cancellation of the Removal

If, for example, you have been an LPR for at least 5 years, you may be eligible to file for cancellation of removal. An LPR may also be eligible to file for cancellation of removal if they haven’t been convicted of an aggravated felony. If you are not an LPR, you may be eligible to file for cancellation of removal if, for example, you have resided in the United States for at least ten years.

Contact an NYC Immigration Attorney

Contact our experienced NYC immigration attorney, Mark I. Cohen, today for legal help if you are facing removal proceedings.

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