What is Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Residents

Having a Green Card means you’re a Lawful Resident of the United States. However, it doesn’t mean you’re completely out of the woods. There are certain types of crimes that if convicted can mean you may be deported or not allowed back into the United States, also known as being placed in removal proceedings. When this happens, you may benefit from cancellation of removal.

Cancellation of Removal is an immigration benefit for permanent residents and non-permanent residents, who qualify.  Only people who are in Immigration Court and in front of an Immigration Judge can get this help.  For green card holders the following is a list of requirements: 

  • Prove that you are worthy of keeping your green card.
  • Continuous residence in the U.S. for at least seven years after being admitted in any status and before the “stop-time rule” is triggered.
  • You need to be a legal permanent resident of the U.S. for at least five years at the time you request cancellation.
  • You haven’t been convicted of an “aggravated felony.”
  • You haven’t received any immigration relief before (i.e “212(c) relief” or “cancellation of removal”).

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