Atlanta, GA – If you’re an immigrant, legal or illegal, living in Georgia, deportation is always a threat. Until they receive American citizenship, even lawful permanent residents or Green Card holders can be deported if they are convicted of certain crimes. However, it is your duty not to give up hope. There are many ways you can fight a deportation order. One of the lesser known ways of stopping deportation proceedings is cancellation of removal, but you will need very experienced Atlanta deportation lawyers to prepare a strong case and convince the immigration judge that you deserve to stay in Georgia with your family.
To be eligible for cancellation of removal, a non-citizen must meet certain criteria and demonstrate that they would face exceptional and extremely unusual hardship if they were removed from the country.
Who can apply for cancellation of removal?
Cancellation of removal is available to two different groups of non-citizens:
- Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have been living in the United States for at least 5 years and have not been convicted of certain crimes.
- Non-LPRs who have been living in the United States for at least 10 years, can demonstrate good moral character, and can show that their removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to a qualifying U.S. citizen or LPR family member.
To apply for cancellation of removal, your lawyers will help you file a formal request with the immigration court and attend a hearing. At this time, your lawyers must present evidence to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility requirements and show why your removal would result in exceptional hardship to a qualifying family member. The immigration judge will then decide whether to grant or deny the request for cancellation of removal.
How to prove exceptional and extremely unusual hardship?
You will need a lot of documents to prove that you are eligible for cancellation of removal. Keep in mind that all documents must be in English. If you intend to submit any document from your country of origin, you must attach a certified translation.
First of all, you must present documents proving family ties with the US, such as marriage or birth certificates. You should also submit evidence of employment history and property ownership in the US.
If you have a criminal record, seasoned immigration lawyers can help you gather evidence of rehabilitation or, if need be, obtain a waiver for certain offenses.
However, the most difficult part remains proving that your deportation would cause unusual hardship to a spouse, children or parent.
You can invoke various circumstances to prove that, such as:
- Someone in your family has a serious illness and they depend on you to pay their medical bills
- A close family member needs to get medical treatment in the US and could not go back to your country of origin
- You are a single parent and your US-born kids have never been to your country of origin. You can use letters from their teachers, medical records if they have special needs, testimony from the kids themselves saying they don’t want to leave the only home they’ve ever had. If one of your children has plans to follow a certain career, your lawyers can speak about how their dreams would be crushed if they’re forced to go to a country where they wouldn’t have the required opportunities to pursue such a career.
If you have any problem concerning immigration, you need to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney at the Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC law firm in Atlanta and let them help you start a new life in Georgia.
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