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Being faced with deportation can be both a terrifying and hectic situation. Fortunately, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act has instituted a form of relief for those who are going through the removal process called Cancellation of Removal.
Lawful Permanent Residents:
To apply for a Cancellation of Removal, the applicant must establish the following:
Non-Permanent Residents (undocumented, nonimmigrants, etc.):
To file for a Cancellation of Removal, he/she must demonstrate:
Alternatively, a non-permanent resident can qualify to have removal canceled upon showing that:
There are two possible applications to apply for cancellation of removal. The U.S. Department of Justice provides forms for both permanent residents and non-permanent residents. It is advised that the applicant reads the form carefully prior to completing and submitting.
You must first comply with the DHS instructions for providing biometric and biographic information to the USCIS. This involves sending a copy of the application to the appropriate USCIS Service Center. The DHS instructions also address payment of the application fees.
As a permanent resident or non-permanent resident, you must then serve the following documents on the Assistant Cheif Counsel for the DHS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
You must file the following documents with the appropriate Immigration Court:
Filing Your Application as a Non-Permanent Resident:
The application requirements are similar with the exception that the applicant will be providing a photograph that meets all requirements and a copy of the Form EOIR-42B, Application for Cancellation of Removal, along with all supporting documents.
An immigration judge has the discretion to grant or deny applications for cancellation of removal. The immigration judge deciding your case may weigh the following when evaluating your cancellation:
VisaNation Law Group immigration attorneys have extensive experience in representing clients in removal proceedings and have successfully obtained the relief of cancellation of removal in several complex cases. Contact VisaNation Law Group attorneys for more information in obtaining a cancellation of removal relief before an immigration judge.