If you are a foreign national who is living in the United States and you are facing the threat of deportation, it can be a scary situation to be in. Given the constant changes within the U.S. immigration system, you may not know what to do.
Because U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services policies can be inconsistent and confusing, seeking out professional legal advice can be helpful. In addition, learning more about the removal process and the options that you may have can help you think about your possible defense.
1. Appeal your deportation order
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to appeal your deportation ruling. To do this, you should work with an attorney to file Form 1-290B, Notice of Appeal of Motion, within 30 days after receiving your deportation order. Based on what your appeal says, the Board of Immigration Appeals can decide to approve or deny the request.
2. File a complaint
If at any time during the immigration, detention or removal processes, you believe that USCIS has violated your civil rights, you have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Civil rights violations may include discrimination, physical abuse or any other type of human rights violation.
3. Apply for readmission
If USCIS does deport you, you may have the ability to apply for readmission to the U.S. To do so, you need to file an I-212 form and meet certain readmission eligibility requirements. This is another instance when an immigration attorney’s guidance can be valuable.
Although facing deportation is extremely stressful, the good news is that you may have options. By learning more about the process and your rights, you can make a more informed next step.