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The Most Common Defenses Against Deportation

Living in the United States without legal status can be a scary feeling. However, facing the fear of deportation is something a person does not have to go through alone. Luckily, there are many common forms of relief that can help a person’s case against deportation.



This form of relief is for people who have fled their home country in fear of persecution. Asylum seekers must prove a threat to their life or freedom because of their race, religion, or political opinion. Through granting asylum, a person will be allowed legal status with a work permit and eventually a green card.


Cancellation of Removal

Cancellation of removal can be a defense for people who have been in the United States for an extended period of time and have not committed a crime. This option is available for both non-permanent residents and permanent residents who meet specific criteria.

Lawful permanent residents must prove that they have been in the country for at least seven years with permanent residency for at least five of those years. For this defense, you must also prove that you have not been convicted of an “aggravated felony.”

Non-permanent residents may be granted cancellation if they have resided in the U.S. for at least 10 years with good moral character. They should also demonstrate that removal would cause severe hardships for immediate family members to better their case.


Family-based Adjustment of Status

Another form of defense to deportation can be family-based adjustment of status. In this situation, a person might switch their immigration status based on a family relationship to a U.S. citizen. However, to use this defense, one must have entered the U.S. legally.


How Yacub Law Offices Can Help

If you are looking to stay in the United States and change your status, the team at Yacub Law Offices has a wide range of experience and legal strategies to help you pursue your American Dream.

To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today through our website or give us a call at (703) 552-5051 to schedule a consultation!