Whether you’re a lawful permanent resident or a non-permanent resident, the word “deportation” strikes the same anxiety.
Constantly worrying about your residency status is stressful to say the least. When you’ve received your final deportation order, that stress can go through the roof.
Our immigration lawyers at Jones Law Partners in Alexandria, Louisiana are prepared to help you with your removal (deportation) proceedings. We know that this is a sensitive time in your life, and that you need legal assistance to ensure that you have the best fighting chance of staying in this country. We’re ready to do everything we can to make sure that you’re able to stay in U.S.
Understanding Deportation Orders and Removal Proceedings
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, non-citizen residents of the United States may be subject to “removal proceedings.”
This is the process of determining whether or not an individual should be removed from the United States. In most cases, removal proceedings are a lengthy process, and they take an incredibly long time. The final result of these proceedings ends in being granted more time to live in the country, or a deportation order.
If you’re aware that you’re currently undergoing the removal proceedings process, you need to make sure that you contact our immigration professionals at the Jones Law Partners today. Our Alexandria-based lawyers will give you the best chance you have to stop these proceedings in their tracks.
Fighting a Removal Order
When you hire our legal professionals, we will work tirelessly to explore all of the options at your disposal to have your deportation order reversed in Louisiana.
There are a number of ways to fight deportation, including the following:
- Adjustment of Status: The process used to apply for lawful permanent residency (also known as a Green Card)
- Asylum: A residency status granted to those in the United States who are seeking protection from circumstances in their home country
- Cancellation of Removal: An immigration benefit granted to non-permanent residents after applying to an immigration judge
- Discretionary Relief: Similar to cancellation of removal where the burden of proof is put on the non-citizen
- Voluntary Departure: The ability to leave the US using your own means within a certain period of time
Understanding Cancellation of Removal
One of the best options for most individuals facing deportation is a cancellation of removal. Cancellation of removal comes with a number of different eligibility requirements, and these requirements are unique depending on whether or not you’re a lawful permanent resident or a non-permanent resident.
For lawful permanent residents, you must meet the following criteria to be considered for cancellation of removal:
- Lawful permanent resident status for the last 5 years
- Continuously lived in the US for the last 7 years
- Never convicted of aggravated felony
- Is determined to be deserving of cancellation.
Non-permanent residents must meet the following criteria:
- Continuously lived in the US for the last 10 years
- Have shown good moral character during residency
- Can prove that removal would cause undue hardship
- Is not prevented due to prior criminal acts
Contact Jones Law Partners Today
If you’re in the process of removal proceedings, or have received a deportation order already, it isn’t too late. Contact our legal professionals in Alexandria, Louisiana to get started on your case today!