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. It was designed to replace suspension of Deportation, a form of relief available prior to the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 ("IIRIRA"). A different standard for eligibility for cancellation is applied for Lawful Permanent Residents ("L.P.R.s") and non-L.P.R.s. Recipients of a grant of cancellation are eligible for permanent Residency in the United States.
Even if someone is in the United States Illegally, if they have been here long enough, in some situations, an Immigration Judge may allow the person to stay and obtain a Green Card.
The Law says that an individual in Removal Proceedings (Deportation) may apply for cancellation of removal if he can establish 10 years of continuous physical presence in the United States, good moral character, and demonstrate that his removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to his qualifying relative. The "qualifying relative" must be a Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States and could be his parent, spouse, or child under 21 years of age.
1. Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents
2. Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents
3. History: Suspension of Deportation
Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents.
Lawful permanent residents of the United States may be placed in Immigration proceedings due to certain criminal convictions that leave them Inadmissible or Deportable from the United States. L.P.R.s convicted of aggravated felonies are entirely precluded from cancellation relief.
Pursuant to INA §240A(a), cancellation is available for any Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) who:
1) Has been an L.P.R. for not less than five years; and
2) Has resided in the United States for not less than seven years in any status; and
3) Has not been convicted of an aggravated felony.
The application form for L.P.R.-based Cancellation of Removal is the E.O.I.R.-42A.
Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents
Pursuant to INA §240A(b), cancellation is available to a non-permanent resident of the United States in any immigration status who:
1) Has continuously resided in the United States for at least ten years; and
2) Has been a person of good moral character throughout this time; and
3) Is not otherwise subject to criminal bars arising from a conviction of any crime outlined in INA §212(a)(2), §237(a)(2), or §237(a)(3); and
4) Establishes that removal would result in "Exceptional and Extremely unusual Hardship" to the alien's spouse, parent, or child who is a United States citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.
The application form for non-LPR-based Cancellation of Removal is the E.O.I.R.-42B.
Suspension of Deportation Prior to April 1, 1997, the effective date of IIRIRA, a form of relief known as "Suspension of Deportation" was available. Although functionally similar to cancellation relief, suspension had a lower eligibility standard and did not distinguish between lawful and non-lawful resident applicants.
In order to qualify for suspension relief, an applicant under the pre-IIRIRA standard was required to demonstrate the following:
1) Continuous physical presence in the United States for a period of seven years;
2) "Good moral character" during this period; and
3) That the applicant's removal would result in "extreme hardship" to the applicant or any qualifying United States Citizen or LPR relatives, including an applicant's spouse, parents, and/or children.
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