An order of removal in absentia is a deportation order that is issued by an immigration judge when the respondent (the person facing deportation) does not appear for their hearing. The order is issued even though the respondent was properly served with notice of the hearing.
There are a few reasons why a respondent might not appear for their hearing. They might not have been aware of the hearing, they might have been afraid to appear, or they might have been unable to appear due to circumstances beyond their control.
An order of removal in absentia is very serious. It means that the respondent can be deported from the United States, even though they never appeared in court. The respondent will also be ineligible for certain types of immigration relief, such as cancellation of removal and voluntary departure.
There are a few limited circumstances in which a respondent can reopen their case after an order of removal in absentia has been issued. For example, the respondent may be able to reopen their case if they can show that they had exceptional circumstances that prevented them from appearing for the hearing.
If you have been issued an order of removal in absentia, it is important to speak with an immigration attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you to assess your options and determine whether you may be able to reopen your case.
Here are some of the consequences of an order of removal in absentia:
If you have been issued an order of removal in absentia, it is important to speak with an experienced immigration and deportation defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you to understand your rights and options and to develop a plan to protect your immigration status.
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