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Prior to the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA), the legal process of deporting a foreign national was called “deportation” and concerned individuals already present in the United States. At that time there “exclusion” also existed, which concerned a foreign national who was trying to gain admission into the United States. Following the enactment of IIRAIRA, both deportation and exclusion are now referred to as “removal” proceedings. If someone is determined to be removable, they are subject to receiving a removal order and must leave the United States. Any person who is not a U.S. citizen can be deported from the United States. Download the Deportation Information Guide and learn how to fight deportation from the United States.
- Deportation overview
- Explanation of the difference between inadmissibility and deportability
- Who can be deported
- Crimes that make one deportable
- The steps in a deportation case
- How to prepare for court
- Do's and Don'ts in court
- How to appeal a lost deportation case
- What to do if you miss an immigration hearing
- Green Card holders that may face deportation by applying for U.S. citizenship
- Visa holders and deportation
- Explanation of Voluntary Departure
- Deportation waivers available
- Explanation of Immigration Bonds and who can obtain one
- Information regarding deported individuals that wish to visit the United States again
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- List of USCIS Offices Nationwide
- Directory of U.S. Embassies and Consulates
- Information on how to obtain the latest United States immigration forms
IMPORTANT WARNING AND LEGAL DISCLAIMER
- U.S. Immigration Support (this website) does not handle any deportation cases.
- U.S. Immigration Support (this website) does not represent any individuals in court.
- U.S. Immigration Support (this website) publishes the Deportation from the United States Information Guide. The information guide describes different issues related to both denial of entry to the United States and deportation from the United States. The information guide is available for a fee.
- The purchase price of the Deportation from the United States Information Guide does NOT include any attorney or filing fees.
- The purchase of the Deportation from the United States Information Guide does not affect your immigration status in the United States.
Visa Holders and Denial of Entry: Visa holders should be prepared to prove that they are entering the United States for permissible purposes and that they intend to leave in accordance with the terms of their visa. In instances of inspections at the U.S. border, however, foreign nationals can in fact be determined “inadmissible” and will not be allowed entry into the U.S. Those individuals are generally either allowed to withdraw their applications for admission into the U.S. or are simply denied entry into the U.S. and must immediately depart.
Visa Holders and Deportation: The most common reasons non-permanent residents (visa holders) are deported or removed from the United States are if they entered the U.S. without inspection or without valid entry documents, or if they entered legally on a visa, but then overstayed the period of time they were authorized to remain.
Green Card Holders and Denial of Entry: There are a number of scenarios which will result in refusal of entry to the United States. Lawful permanent residents who have remained outside of the United States for an extended period should be prepared to provide evidence at the port of entry that they maintained a continuous and uninterrupted intention to return to the United States throughout their absence.
Green Card Holders and Deportation: Green Card holders that apply for U.S. citizenship could possibly be found deportable, as a background check is conducted through the naturalization process. Withdrawing a citizenship application will not prevent one from possibly being deported if that person has
already been placed into removal proceedings. However, the most common reason a permanent resident, or Green Card holder, is removed from the United States is if they committed a serious crime. Learn more about Green Card holders and deportation in the Deportation from the United States Information Guide.