What is a final order of deportation or removal?

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2024 | Immigration Explained

A final order of deportation is issued by a judge after ruling against your immigration case. It signifies the judge’s decision that you do not have legal permission to remain in the country. It could be because you violated immigration laws, a criminal conviction or an expiration of your legal status, among other reasons.

The order directs immigration officials to enforce the removal, which means you must leave the country or face legal consequences, including potential detention and barriers to future re-entry if you do not comply.

What are your options?

Despite the finality of a final order of deportation, you can seek relief or protection from deportation. It all depends on the circumstances of your case.

For instance, you can file an appeal with a higher court. The process involves presenting legal arguments that challenge the decision made by the immigration judge. Appeals are typically time-sensitive, and you have 30 days from the day the judge ruled on your case to submit your appeal or the order becomes final.

You may also file a motion to reopen your deportation or removal case with the Board of Immigration Appeal. You can do this if you discover new evidence that could help your case but was not readily available at the time of your original deportation hearing.

Make informed decisions

Remember, time is not on your side when a final order of deportation is issued. You need to take prompt and decisive action to protect your interests, given that your continued stay in the country could be at stake.

Seeking legal guidance becomes invaluable in such critical situations. It can significantly enhance your chances of a favorable outcome by helping you make informed choices and effectively navigate the complex legal terrain.