If you face removal, you may fret over what to expect and whether you have any options. The U.S. government may initiate deportation actions against people to remove them from the U.S. for several reasons. Some of the most common of these include participation in criminal acts, visa violations and determinations as threats to public safety.
Therefore, it benefits you to understand the deportation process.
Before trial or deportation
According to USA.gov, before your removal from the U.S., an immigration court will hold a hearing to review your case. The deportation will only move forward if the judge finds merit to the cause. Prior to the deportation, the government may hold you at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility.
Removal from the U.S.
Should the judge order your deportation, the U.S. generally covers the expense. Depending on the circumstances, you may travel by air, land or a combination of the two back to your country of origin. Under some circumstances, you may have the right to leave the U.S. voluntarily and by a matter of your choosing before the completion of the removal proceedings.
Appeal a deportation order
A deportation order does not necessarily eliminate all your options. Depending on the circumstances of your case and the removal ruling, you may consider appealing the decision.
The outcome of your deportation case may profoundly affect your life, both in the present and the future. To help protect your rights and interests throughout the process, you may find it helpful to consult with a legal professional.