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What You Need to Know About the U.S. Deportation Process

Receiving an order of deportation from U.S. immigration officials can be devastating if you’re fighting to stay in the United States. However, receiving a deportation order doesn’t mean it’s the end. If you or your loved one received a deportation order, it’s important to know what to expect and what you can do to file an appeal. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain everything you need to know about the U.S. deportation process.

If you need legal guidance with your order of deportation, contact our Dallas deportation attorneys today at (214) 516-7776 to schedule a consultation!

What Is the U.S. Deportation Process?

Deportation is the removal of a foreign immigrant from the United States. Immigrants who come to the U.S. without a travel visa or forged documentation might be deported quickly without an immigration court hearing. A deportation order without a hearing is called expedited removal. This can prevent the individual from returning to the U.S. for over five years. However, some people might get the opportunity to get an immigration hearing before getting deported.

Below we have put together the typical deportation process in the United States:

  • Detained: Your loved one will first be detained for deportation. They will be held in a detention center before their trail or removal. If you’re trying to locate your loved one, you can find the ICE detention facilities here, or you can search for your loved one’s names here.
  • Hearing: If your loved one receives an immigration hearing, they will have to wait for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to hear their case. It’s vital to have strong legal representation in this step of the removal process because this is when the judge will decide if they should get deported.
  • Removal: If the judge determines that the deportation process should proceed, it is likely that they will be deported to their country of origin by air or ground transportation.

Rapid REPEAT Deportation

ICE has a Rapid REPEAT program (Removal of Eligible Parolees Accepted for Transfer) that expediates deportations for criminal immigrants. This program allows selected criminal immigrants who are incarcerated in the U.S. to accept early release in exchange for voluntary removal to their country of origin.

What Crimes Can Cause Deportation?

There are many reasons that can lead to deportation, especially committing a crime. Even immigrants with green cards can get deported if they are charged with a crime. According to the Department of State, amoral turpitude and aggravated felony can significantly affect an individual’s deportation process. Crimes that are considered moral turpitude and aggravated felony can make it challenging to appeal an order of deportation. Moral turpitude and aggravated felonies include crimes like murder, rape, money laundering, drug trafficking, and more.

Can I Return to the U.S. After Being Deported?

Immigrants can return to the U.S. under certain circumstances after getting deported. However, some might not be allowed to reenter the U.S. for five to twenty years, and some even permanently. The exact year will depend on the reasons for removal and whether the individual committed a crime.

A person might be allowed to reenter the United States after being deported. Below we have put together when a person may be an allowed to return:

  • Five-years: If you were deported when you arrived at the U.S. border because they found you inadmissible, or you were immediately put into the removal proceedings while in the U.S., you might be able to return to the U.S. after five-years.
  • Ten-years: If an immigration judge issues a removal after your court hearing, you might not be able to return to the U.S. for another ten years after your deportation.
  • Twenty-years or permanently: If you were convicted of a crime or you have been deported more than once, you might not be able to return to the U.S. for 20 years. In some cases, those charged with a serious crime won’t be allowed to renter the U.S. permanently.

Experienced Dallas Immigration Attorneys

If you or your loved one have received an order of deportation, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will get deported. With an experienced immigration attorney on your side, you can keep your family united. Our dedicated legal team at Perdomo Dorsett Immigration Law has more than 20 years of combined experience, and all of our immigration lawyers are licensed. We strive to provide personalized legal services tailored to the unique needs of our clients. We can build a case strategy unique to your situation that can help you remain in the U.S. by forcing the court to recognize your right to continue living in the U.S.

Contact our immigration attorneys today at Perdomo Dorsett Immigration Law to schedule a virtual consultation!


Our Firm History

  • Tyler Dorsett Passes Bar
  • Tyler Dorsett Joins Catholic Charities
  • Tyler Dorsett Joins Immigration Group LLC
  • Luiggi Perdomo Passes Bar
  • Luiggi Perdomo Joins The Pablo Hurtado Law Firm
  • Luiggi Perdomo Joins the Immigration Group LLC
  • Perdomo Immigration Services Founded
  • Tyler Dorsett Starts Dorsett Immigration Law
  • Luiggi Perdomo & Tyler Dorsett Start Perdomo Dorsett Immigration Law

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