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Options for Relief in Removal/Deportation Proceedings:

Here's ways IISLG may help you:

If you are in Immigration Removal or Deportation Proceedings, have been issued a Notice to Appear or Notice of Hearing to appear at Immigration Court, or if an Immigration Judge has issued a deportation order against you,  you should contact an immigration lawyer at IISLG to discuss your options.  We may be able to represent you in Immigration Court or with re-opening or appealing your case. 

Below are some options for relief that  may be available for you - Contact IISLG so we can explore your options:


A waiver of removability may be available if you can establish that removal from the United States would cause hardship to you or to one of your close family members. Additionally, if you are a lawful permanent residents who has lived in the United States for a long period of time, you may be eligible for a waiver even if none of your relatives live in the United States.

LPR Cancellation of Removal 

If you are a LPR, you may be eligible for cancellation of removal if:

  • You have been an LPR for a minimum of five years
  • You have resided continuously in the U.S. for a minimum of seven years after being admitted to the U.S. in any status (prior to the institution of removal proceedings)
  • You have not been convicted of an aggravated felony;
  • You are not inadmissible from the U.S. on security grounds.

Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal 

If you are a not an LPR, you may be eligible for cancellation of removal if:

  • You have been physically present in the U.S. for a continuous period of ten years prior to the institution of removal proceedings.
  • You have been a person of good moral character for ten years.
  • You are not inadmissible under criminal and security grounds or deportable due to marriage fraud, criminal grounds, failure to register and falsification of documents, or security and related grounds.
  • Removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to your spouse, parent, or child who is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

Adjustment of Status

If you are a deportable alien who is the parent, spouse, widow or child of a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible to adjust your status to that of a lawful permanent resident. If you obtained conditional permanent residence based upon marriage to a U.S. citizen or the marriage of your alien parent, to a U.S. citizen, your legal status may be terminated if you fail to meet certain requirements. However, once you are placed in removal or deportation proceedings, you may renew your applications for permanent residence before an Immigration Judge.

Legalization and Registry

If you are present in the United States and you qualify for legalization or “amnesty”, you have attained the legal right to remain in the United States. If you have resided continuously in the U.S. since prior to January 1, 1972, you may be eligible for “registry” and therefore for legal permanent residence. To be eligible for registry, you must be a person of good moral character who is not deportable on certain aggravated grounds and who is not ineligible for citizenship.

Voluntary Departure

If there is no form of relief available for you to prevent your  deportation, you may  be eligible for voluntary departure. This could allow you to avoid future issues with re-entry to the US that might be imposed if you are deported.   It is important to realize that if you do not depart within the given time the consequences are harsh. There are grounds of eligibility for this option.  There are time limits and restrictions on when and how this is available.  The immigration lawyers at IISLG can review and discuss how and when this may be an option for relief.

Asylum, Withholding of Removal and the Convention Against Torture

You cannot be removed if you can establish that you fear returning to your home country. Goto our page on "Asylum" in this menu for more information  about the requirements for eligibility for asylum.

Contact an immigration lawyer at IISLG to review your options for relief in removal/deportation proceedings.