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The deportation process

Immigrants in South Carolina may face deportation from the United States for a variety of reasons. Deportation, also referred to as removal, occurs when the U.S. government formally removes a foreign person from the country. After being deported, an individual may be unable to come back to the United States for the rest of their life.

Any foreigner who enters the United States unlawfully could be subject to deportation. If an individual was granted legal status in the country but helped another person to enter the country unlawfully, this could cause both individuals to be deported. People may also be deported if they are found to have engaged in marriage fraud, if they violate a condition of entry or if they are convicted of a criminal offense in the United States.

A person who has been targeted for removal from the United States will have an opportunity to dispute the decision. During deportation proceedings, a judge will allow the immigrant time to secure an attorney and determine whether they are eligible for any form of deportation relief. A judge may allow an immigrant to stay in the country if eligible for immigration relief. If a judge orders the deportation to proceed, the immigrant could potentially appeal the judge's decision all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

An individual who has been sent a Notice to Appear by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement may wish to hire an immigration law attorney to help with the removal defense. Because immigration laws are constantly changing, the attorney may be able to offer informed counsel about new forms of relief that the client might qualify for.

Source: Findlaw, "Deportation", December 04, 2014

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