Immigration Removal, or Deportation from the United States, is the harshest punishment an immigrant can suffer for violation of US immigration or criminal law. Many immigrants do not realize that deportation or removal proceedings can be triggered by a minor conviction, even if it occurred a number of years ago. It is important to have an experienced attorney evaluate your case and determine whether you can challenge the proceedings. In some instances, it may be possible to challenge the basis for starting the removal proceedings, or even cancel removal proceedings altogether. Please feel free to contact Attorney Jack Epstein immediately if you or someone you know has been placed in removal proceedings.
Cancellation of Removal
To be eligible for Cancellation of Removal, Lawful Permanent Residents must:
Cancellation of Removal is a process by which both Lawful Permanent Residents and Non-Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for an immigration judge to exercise discretion and change their status to that of a lawfully admitted permanent resident. The eligibility for cancellation of removal is different for lawful permanent residents and non-lawful permanent residents.
- have been a lawful permanent resident for 5 years;
- have lived in the US for seven continuous years after having been admitted in any status; and
- have not been convicted of any aggravated felonies.
To be eligible for Cancellation of Removal, Non-Lawful Permanent Residents must:
- have lived in the US for a continuous period of at least 10 years immediately preceding the date of such application for cancellation of removal;
- have been a person of good moral character for those 10 years;
- have not committed any crimes that would prevent you from residing in the US; and
- establish that removal would result in “exceptional and extremely unusual hardship” to a parent, spouse, or child living in the US.
In many instances, you may be eligible for cancellation of removal; however, in some cases, you may not. This is why it is important that you talk with an experienced Chicago immigration attorney immediately. If you can discuss the issue with an attorney, before you are placed into removal proceedings, you will have a better understanding of the process and what options you and your family may take.
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Jack Epstein and the Epstein Law Firm would be happy to provide you with a free evaluation or second opinion regarding your immigration removal issue.
For an evaluation of your deportation matter, contact Jack Epstein directly through this website or by calling 773-346-8000 or 800-735-3226.
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