What Happens When Someone Gets Deported Out Of The US

Individuals who don’t hold US citizenship can be legally deported from the United States if they violate one or more immigration laws. For example, an individual granted permanent residency can receive a deportation notice if they commit an aggravated felony. To know more about what happens when a non-US citizen is deported from the United States, continue reading.

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Key Reasons Why An Individual May Get Deported

Deported individuals from the United States are usually guilty of serious crimes. However, non-US citizens can also be deported for entering the country illegally or attempting to enter the country with false travel documents. Individuals who reside in the United States on temporary visas and fail to exit the country before their Visas expire can also be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, and deported.

The following are the processes an immigrant will go through before they get sent back to their country of origin.


If immigration officers have strong reasons to suspect an individual illegally residing in the United States, they will gather evidence to prove it. During this period, immigration officers may legally place a non-US citizen in one of the detention centers located throughout the country.

However, not all individuals are detained until their scheduled deportation hearing. In some cases, individuals classed as permanent residents who entered the country legally can remain in their homes until their court hearings by posting bail.

Immigration Court

Once the immigration officers have their supporting evidence, they will present their case to an immigration court. During this time, the defendant can appeal their deportation notice. Individuals facing deportation should contact an experienced immigration lawyer to represent them in court.

Bag & Baggage Letter

If the judge decides to remove the immigrant, they will receive a bag and baggage letter. This legal document will provide the person with crucial information about their upcoming deportation. The document includes the time, date, and location they are expected to report to be deported to their country of origin.

With all these processes involved in deportation, do the individuals who will get deported need to pay for anything?

The Costs Involved In Deportation

A person being deported will not pay for their deportation costs. For example, an individual facing deportation will not need to pay for their international plane tickets.

Now, you may ask if those who get deportation orders can ask for a stay extension in the country. Can they?


If an individual has a good reason why their scheduled deportation date does not suit them, they can try and obtain an extension by filling out an I-246 form. 

If you would like to request an extension, you must apply for an extension during your immigration hearing. If you ask for an extension during your hearing, the judge will ensure that they will provide you with an I-246 form and that you have sufficient time to submit it.

This grace period is given to those with valid reasons for not making it to their deportation schedule. But in reality, more people deliberately avoid getting deported. 

Failure To Appear To Your Deportation

If an individual does not turn up at the designated location at the scheduled time and date of their deportation, law enforcement officers will track them down. Some places they check to find an individual who has absconded from deportation include their previous addresses, workplaces, and the homes of their known associates. However, individuals can also be caught and arrested in public.

When the officers see the individuals who tried to avoid deportation, they immediately send them to a deportation center. That’s where they will closely guard the immigrants until they are successfully deported. People in this specific circumstance cannot file for a deportation reversal or extension.


Permanent residents must avoid breaking any immigration laws in the United States. They can protect themselves further by pursuing citizenship as soon as they are eligible to become US citizens. Anyone that receives a deportation notice should contact an immigration attorney immediately to try and reverse their deportation order.

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