Receiving a letter informing you of deportation can cause feelings of hopelessness and angst. You might wonder if there is anything you can do to put a stop to the process.
You do have the right to appeal the decision to deport. Knowing how to begin that process may buy you more time to figure out your next steps.
You cannot file an appeal at any time. Waiting too long may exceed the statute of limitations and you will no longer have eligibility to dispute ICE’s decision. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, following a notice of deportation, you have approximately 30 days to file an appeal. You might have a little more time if you received the notice via mail.
Filing an appeal the wrong way could cause you to lose important time. You will want to pay attention to the details of the appeal documents. Look for places where you can add information about your situation that might provide a compelling argument in your defense. Draw upon the experience of others in your circle who may have faced similar challenges before.
Appealing a decision is a critical part of protecting yourself and advocating for your right to remain in the U.S. You may need the help of people who have experience working with immigrants and assisting them in acquiring appropriate legal documentation.
Asking for help from people you trust may improve your chances of a satisfactory outcome. With the right strategies, you might successfully prevent or temporarily suspend the deportation process so you can explore additional options.