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What are the different forms of deportation relief?

For immigrants currently residing in Michigan and elsewhere across the country, the thought of being forced to leave their homes and return to countries they no longer view as home can be frightening. Unfortunately, every year, numerous individuals find themselves facing removal proceedings. Thankfully, different forms of deportation relief may help some avoid removal.

There are two categories of deportation relief, which are administrative and discretionary. Administrative relief is something one seeks after the removal hearing, at which a judge ordered deportation. Administrative relief involves filing to appeal the immigration judge’s decision. If one wishes to pursue this form of relief, the proper paperwork must be filed within 30 days of the removal decision being handed down.

As far as discretionary relief goes, there are several options available. Any of them must be sought during removal proceedings rather than after the fact. These options include:

  • Filing a cancellation of removal application
  • Requesting an adjustment of status
  • Requesting asylum
  • Agreeing to voluntary departure

Michigan residents who are not sure which form of deportation relief best applies to their cases can turn to legal counsel for assistance. An immigration attorney may help prepare and present one’s case during removal proceedings, help one file for the form of relief that makes the most sense and, if necessary, help one file an appeal if things do not go one’s way. Immigration law, particularly when it comes to fighting deportation, is complex and confusing. The good news is, no one has to navigate the immigration system on their own.