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Frequently Asked Questions About Deportation and Removal

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Facing deportation can be daunting and overwhelming. If you received an order of removal, you likely have countless questions about your current situation and what lies ahead. To guide you during this challenging time, our Orange County immigration attorneys answer the most common questions asked about deportation and removal.

If you face deportation, our team at Yekrangi & Associates is here to help you. Contact our Orange County immigration lawyers today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation!

How soon will an undocumented immigrant get deported after an arrest?

It’s difficult to determine how quickly a person will be deported after an arrest since it often varies. In most cases, how quickly a person gets deported will depend on:

  • Any prior entries and removals

  • Period of time spent in the U.S.

  • Whether leaving voluntarily is an option

  • Whether an immigration judge will hear the case

  • If the person has a credible fear of persecution in the home country (Asylum)

For example, if a person has credible fear of persecution, they can apply for asylum and remain in the country. However, if a person has prior illegal entries and removals, they will likely get deported as soon as possible without a court hearing.

What does it mean if I received an order of removal?

An order of removal, signed by a judge, means that the person who received it is facing deportation. Individuals typically receive an order of removal through the mail and they are often asked to attend a court hearing to review their immigration status. If no appeals are made during the hearing or if the individual doesn’t attend the hearing, they will be deported.

Is there anywhere I am safe from ICE?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is known for apprehending people who entered the United States illegally. Getting arrested by ICE means that you are in deportation proceedings. Unfortunately, there is no “safe” place where ICE is prohibited from carrying out enforcements – whether that be arrests, interviews, or searches. Regardless if you are at work, home, or in a public place, ICE has legal grounds to detain you.

However, ICE does need to use extra precaution when detaining near schools, hospitals, and places of worship.

Can green card holders get deported?

Yes, every year the U.S deports lawful permanent residences and it makes up ten percent of all deportations. Some of the most common reasons why lawful permanent residents get deported is because they fail to renew their green card or for committing a crime. Breaking the law in any way can significantly impact a person’s legal status in the United States.

Can I get deported if someone tips off ICE that I entered the U.S. illegally?

ICE doesn’t always act on every tip they recieve. However, they may look into your case to learn about your family and work history. In most cases, if a person tips off that you entered the country illegally, they won’t take action automatically but it can potentially lead to deportation.

What should I do if I am facing deportation?

If you fear getting deported and detained by ICE or if you received an order of removal, you need to take action immediately by getting in touch with an experienced attorney. An immigration attorney can analyze your situation and help you learn more about your options. An attorney can help you determine if there is a waiver you can file or if you qualify for asylum. Having an attorney on your side will ultimately impact the outcome of your case.

Which attorney should I hire?

Our team at Yekrangi & Associates has helped individuals across Orange County with their immigration cases. We know how challenging this time can be, that is why we were determined to help you fight for your rights and help you remain in the county. Our team has the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you achieve your desired results.

Contact us today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation!


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