The Removal Process
For many immigrants, the deportation (or “removal”) process can be scary. If the procedure ends badly, the non-citizen will be forced to leave the United States along with all of the business and personal relationships he may have formed there. Like all other aspects of the immigration system, removal from the U.S. involves a complex set of rules and procedures. These rules may make the procedure harder to understand, but it also means that the non-resident has a chance to defend himself. This section describes the removal process and contains information on obtaining relief from removal and delaying removal proceedings.
- 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.
- Avoiding Removal
Non-citizens who have been determined to be removable can apply for one or more forms of relief in order to remain in the country. Learn about the different types of relief, including discretionary relief and asylum.
- Voluntary Departure
Voluntary departure is a last resort for non-citizens facing removal. This article explains the benefits and disadvantages of voluntary departure, the process involved, and the consequences of failing to depart.
- Stay of Removal
A stay of removal will temporarily postpone an order of removal. This article provides information about automatic stays of removal, discretionary stays of removal, and the process involved in requesting a stay.
- Cancellation of Removal
Lawful permanent residents and qualifying non-permanent residents may be able to have their removal orders cancelled. Learn about the criteria for lawful permanent residents and non-permanent residents.
- 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.