If you or a family member has received a deportation notice, you may be dealing with overwhelming feelings of fear and hopelessness.
However, while it is important to act quickly after receiving a notice of deportation, there may be steps that you can take to avoid separation from your loved ones and your home in the U.S.
Legal protections for vulnerable immigrants
Even if you received a deportation notice some time ago and are now facing a potential removal order, you may be able to avoid forced departure from the U.S. by requesting one of the following:
- Cancellation of removal, which may stop the deportation process
- Adjustment of status, which may allow you to receive a Green Card
- Temporary protected status or asylum, if your home country is unsafe
Are you eligible to use these deportation defenses?
These deportation defenses may be available to you if one or more of the following are true:
- You have never received a felony conviction
- You have lived in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for at least five years
- You have lived in the U.S. for at least seven years after admission to the country
- You can prove that you came to the U.S. as a refugee
Acting quickly may help avoid a devastating outcome
Whether you or a loved one has received a deportation notice, acting quickly may help to avoid forced removal from the country and potentially permanent separation from family members who still live in the U.S. If you are facing deportation actions, know that laws do exist to help you to continue living the life you have worked hard to build.