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A grant of voluntary departure isn’t technically a form of relief from removal, but it can provide some important benefits if you are facing the prospect of removal from the US and no other forms of relief are available to you. You won’t be able to stay in the US, but you will be given a specified amount of time ...

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As we’ve discussed in other articles, a judge’s determination that you are removable isn’t always the end of the road for your immigration case. There are many different forms of relief from removal, but a few specialized forms are available to very narrow groups of immigrants. These rarely-used forms of relief typically apply to immigrants from Latin American and former ...

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The first step in figuring out if you are removable or eligible for adjustment of status is to determine whether or not you were “admitted” to the US.

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If you are not eligible for asylum, you may still qualify for a form of relief from removal called withholding of removal. You still have to show that you face persecution in your home country on account of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

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As we’ve discussed in other articles, even if an immigration judge determines that you are removable, you may still be able to remain in the US. A special type of cancellation of removal is available to certain victims of domestic violence under a 1994 law called the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”).

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If you believe you are eligible to become a lawful permanent resident of the US, you may be able to apply for adjustment of status. Even if you are currently in removal proceedings, adjustment of status may be available as a form of relief from removal.

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If you have been placed in removal proceedings and you are not eligible for asylum, withholding of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture, you may still be able to avoid removal by establishing eligibility for cancellation of removal.

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Past persecution, well-founded fear of future persecution, and membership in a statutorily protected group are the two most widely-recognized requirements for a grant of asylum. Now let’s talk a bit about the three other requirements:

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Even if you meet all the affirmative requirements for asylum in the US – past and future persecution, membership in a statutorily protected group, governmental inability or unwillingness to control the problem on a nationwide scale, and equities that merit a favorable exercise of discretion – there may still be statutory bars that prevent you from being granted asylum. We ...

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