When the U.S. government discovers that a person has entered the United States illegally, overstayed their visa, or otherwise violated U.S. immigration or criminal laws, it will likely initiate removal proceedings against that person. The process does not happen overnight. Before a non-citizen can be deported, the government must prove that deportation is necessary. This means that the non-citizen has an opportunity to argue that she should be allowed to stay, but she cannot do that effectively without a good understanding of the deportation process. This section gives an overview of removal and discusses the consequences of reentering the U.S. after removal.
An overview of deportation law and the process involved. Learn about the classes of deportable aliens, the removal process, and how to get legal help with a deportation or removal issue.
- How Does a Felony Affect Immigration Status?
A felony or even non-felony conviction can cause your immigration status to be downgraded or be the basis for deportation. Learn about the consequences of different types of crimes.
- Illegal Reentry into the U.S. After Removal
Once a non-citizen has been “removed” from the country, it’s illegal for the person to reenter without government approval. This article explains what constitutes “illegal reentry” and the accompanying penalties.
- Extreme Hardship and the 601 Waiver: Can I Avoid Deportation?
You may be able to avoid the 10-year reentry ban if you are able to show extreme hardship. Learn about the waiver of grounds of inadmissibility, eligibility for the extreme hardship waiver, and more.
- What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?
If you were born outside of the U.S. and entered the country without proper authorization as a child, you may be able to avoid deportation and obtain temporary work authorization under the DACA.
- The Removal Process
A guide to the removal process. Learn about the different types of proceedings involved in deportation, including removal, bond redetermination, withholding-only, and rescission hearings.