Any non-U.S. citizen on United States soil is at risk of deportation – known as “removal” by Immigration and Customs (ICE). Even if you have a green card, you may be sent back to your country of origin. The agony and strife that accompanies the prospect of losing your home, family, job, and life here in the U.S. is unbearable. But all hope isn’t lost – help is available.
Grounds For Deportation
ICE may find certain reasons why you may be removed from the country, such as:
- Inadmissible entry in the U.S. – if you were not allowed in the United States at the time of your entrance into the country, for example you have an extensive criminal record or a communicable disease, you may be deported.
- Illegal entry/re-entry – if you crossed the border without going through the proper channels and having the right paperwork, you risk being removed from the country if your presence is detected.
- Criminal activity – even permanent residents with green cards face deportation if they commit a serious crime.
- Falsifying documents – if ICE finds you in possession of false identification or documentation, you may be removed from the country.
- Illegal voting – only U.S. citizens are permitted to vote. Permanent residents and visa-holders are not and illegal voting could result in removal.
- Violation of non-immigrant status – if you are here on a fiancée visa, or other non-immigrant visa, and you overstay the authorization period or otherwise violate the terms of your visa, you could be deported.
If you are found to be deportable, you may be detained. In that case, you might qualify to be released on immigration bond. In any event, if you or your loved one is facing deportation, Walker Gates Vela will examine the details of the case and determine a course of action. Just because you have been detained or have been ordered to leave the country does not necessarily mean deportation is the only option.
Your Deportation Defense Options
Some of your defense options include:
- Adjustment of Status
- Waivers of Inadmissibility
- Cancellation of Removal
We cannot answer for certain if you will be deported or not. However, we can work to cultivate the best defense possible to keep you in the country.
Reasons you might be able to stay in the United States include:
- If you were a political prisoner in your home country
- If you were the victim of domestic violence or a violent crime
- If you can prove your legitimate immigration status
- If you can show removing you from the U.S. would cause extreme hardship to your family
- If you have been cured of a communicable disease
- If you are eligible for a green card through your family
- And more