Deportation/Removal FAQ

What do I do if I receive a removal order?

If you have been given a valid deportation order, you can attempt to contest it in immigration court. You will not be immediately removed from your home; instead, you will be given time to wrap up your affairs in the United States while the government arranges for your travel documents and transportation back to your country of origin.

Will I be deported if my visa expires?

You may be. If you overstay your visa for more than 180 days, you may be subjected to removal proceedings. In addition, you may be barred from legally re-entering the United States for up to ten years.

What happens in the removal process? 

Once you have received notice that you may be deported, you will have an opportunity to defend yourself in immigration court. There, with the counsel of your choosing, you can defend against the deportation, and potentially protect yourself from removal.

How do you know if you are going to be removed?

Before the government can legally deport you, they are supposed to give you notice of deportation proceedings so that you can defend against it in court. If you have not received notice of a deportation, you may be able to use that to your advantage in deportation proceedings.

Can you fight against a deportation? 

Yes, although it can be a long and complicated process. If you are facing deportation, you should contact an immigration lawyer who can help you defend yourself.

Can you seek legal immigration status after being deported?

If you have been deported, you may be barred from seeking legal status in the U.S. for a certain amount of time. Depending on the reason for your deportation, this could be as little as one year, or as long as twenty years. In extreme cases, someone may be permanently barred from re-entering the U.S.

What happens if I found out I got an order of removal but never received notice?

The removal order can be rescinded if your attorney files a motion to reopen with the immigration court.