Immigration lawyers at Kosacci Law Firm, P.C. have a lot of experience dealing with the cancellation of removal of permanent residents. Cancellation of removal is a form of immigration relief available to individuals who have been placed in removal proceedings before the United States Executive Office for Immigration Review.
As with everything, there are certain requirements that must be meet in order to be granted this form of relief. These requirements are:
- Has been a legal permanent resident for no less than five years;
- Has resided in the United States for not less than seven years in any status;
- Has not been convicted of an aggravated felony.
One main thing to remember about cancellation of removal is that if you have been convicted of aggravated felony, you are entirely not allowed cancellation relief. Immigration Judges will consider more than the three above mentioned requirements. They will also take into consideration the length of residence in the United States, family and community ties here, community service work, participation in clubs or religious organizations, language ability in the country of proposed removal, work history, timely filing of taxes, and especially acceptance of responsibility for a crime and proof of rehabilitation.
After you are granted this form of relief it is necessary then to apply for an adjustment f your status. If approved, the applicant becomes a lawful permanent resident based on sponsorship by a family member or employer. This now means that you are free to stay in the United States as long as you don’t do anything that is prohibited by law.
If you feel that you or someone you know may be eligible to apply for cancellation of removal, Kosacci Law Firm, P.C. can help you through the process. Please feel free to contact us for this or any of your immigration questions.