Green Card After an Order of Deportation


It might seem impossible to get a green card after an Immigration Judge has denied your case and issued you a deportation order. But perhaps you just need a different strategy. Here is the story of an RILG client who was able to finally be granted permanent resident status after getting her deportation case reopened.

It will be a very merry Christmas for Susan and her family this year, as they are finally able to travel back home to the Philippines for the holidays.  They can all travel now because Susan, whose name has been changed for purposes of this story to protect her privacy, has finally been granted permanent resident status (green card) after entering the U.S. more than 25 years ago.

Susan’s immigration story began way back in 1990 when she entered the U.S. with a tourist visa.  She did not intend to permanently move to the U.S. when she left home, but after arriving, she changed her mind and decided the United States was where she wanted to spend the rest of her life.  Susan looked for a way to legalize her status in the U.S. and was advised to file an application for asylum.  Her application was unfortunately denied though, as were all appeals.

Despite her unsuccessful efforts to get her green card, Susan refused to ever leave the U.S.  She had a good job here earning a livable wage, she was married to a U.S. citizen, and she had given birth to multiple children who were U.S. citizens.  Susan and her friends and family thought she was entitled to a green card based on the above, but sadly, they were mistaken.  The issue in Susan’s case was that she had an outstanding order of deportation.  This outstanding order of deportation made her ineligible to apply here in the U.S.  Susan was eligible to depart the U.S. and apply for an Immigrant Visa at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, but she knew that her return to this country was not guaranteed.  Susan was not willing to take the chance of being stranded outside the U.S., separated from her husband and children.

But Susan refused to give up!  She consulted with Reeves Immigration Law Group and Attorney Devin Connolly explained a way that Susan could obtain her green card without ever leaving the U.S.  Attorney Connolly explained that Susan was ineligible for her green with an outstanding order of deportation.  However, if we were able to reopen her court case, she would then be eligible for her green card based on her marriage to a U.S. citizen.

Attorney Connolly immediately began working on a request to reopen Susan’s case.  He reached out to the Department of Homeland Security in an attempt to convince them to file a joint motion.  Attorney Connolly discussed Susan’s family in the U.S. and how much they depend on her, her stable employment history, and her good moral character.  The government agreed to reopen Susan’s case, clearing the way for her to finally receive her green card.

It is now official – Susan is a permanent resident of the U.S. with a green card to prove it.  It took her a lot longer than she would have hoped, but after all of these years, she is focusing on the future and looking forward to becoming a U.S. citizen.  But even before U.S. citizenship, Susan will be able to live and work in the U.S. without the fear of being deported.


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