Deportation Defense

Deportation Defense

Lim Law – Kissimmee & Orlando Immigration Attorney

The possibility of deportation or ‘removal’ from the United States feels terrifying for many people living in the United States. Deportation proceedings start when you receive a “Notice to Appear” from the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This document orders you to appear in front of an immigration judge.

There are several types of possible relief from deportation: asylum, cancellation of removal, and adjustment of status. Each has different requirements and a different process, but all of them have the potential to prevent or delay deportations.

If you have received a Notice to Appear you should contact an experienced immigration attorney.


If you are already in the U.S, but fear persecution if you were to return to your home country, you can seek asylum, which is a form of protection that permits you to stay in the United States. Read more about asylum applications here.

Cancellation of Removal

If you are able to meet certain requirements, you may apply for Cancellation of Removal, which offers relief from deportation.

Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents  

If you are a permanent resident, you may be considered for cancellation of removal if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have been a permanent resident for more than 5 years.
  • You have resided in the U.S continuously for 7 years after admittance, before receiving the Notice to Appear or before committing a specific criminal or related offense leading to removal action.
  • You were not convicted for an aggravated felony.

Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Resident

 As a non-permanent resident, you may be considered for cancellation of removal if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have been continuously and physically present in the U.S for no less than ten years (as measured from the date you entered the country to the date of your Notice to Appear in Immigration Court).
  • You are able to demonstrate good moral character.
  • You can prove that deportation would create exceptional and extreme unusual hardship to a member of your family (spouse, child, parents) who is a U.S citizen.
  •  You have no convictions for any of the specific criminal offenses that would make you eligible for deportation, and ineligible for relief from removal.

If you believe you may be eligible for cancellation of removal, schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney.

Ask Henry Lim
Do you have a question for Henry Lim? During over 20 years of practicing law, he has helped more than 10,000 families with their immigration issues. You can Ask Henry a question at [email protected] or submit a video question by sending a link to one of our channels.  For legal assistance, email or call for an appointment: 407-897-8870. Our first consultation is complimentary.


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