Memphis immigration lawyer Ari Sauer provides news and information on US immigration law.
By Ari Sauer, immigration lawyer with the Memphis, Tennessee office of the Siskind Susser Law Firm.
Question: If I have a deportation order can I still apply for an I-601A waiver?
The Immigration Answer Man – Ari Sauer: Someone who already has a deportation or removal order is not eligible for an I-601A provision waiver because having a deportation order creates a separate ground of inadmissibility and the I-601A is currently only available for waivers of the 3 or 10 year bar for unlawful presence under INA 212(a)(9)(B).
However if you are in removal proceedings (also known as deportation proceedings), before an immigration judge but not yet ordered deported, then you may be able to have the case administratively closed, meaning put on hold, to allow for you to apply for the I-601A waiver. But even if someone does get the case administratively closed and their I-601A waiver is approved, they still need to go back to the court and have their case terminated before they leave the US or they will end up deporting themselves.
If someone does have a deportation order, but has never left the US since receiving the deportation order, then they should consult with an immigration attorney about the possibility of having the court reopen the court case. Most cases will not be eligible for this, but it is a good idea to talk to an experienced immigration lawyer about the possibility.
By Ari Sauer
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