What is 212(c) Eligibility and How Does It Provide Relief from Deportation?

Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) offers relief from deportation for lawful permanent residents with certain criminal convictions. Understanding the eligibility criteria and application process is crucial for those seeking this relief.

Key Eligibility Criteria

  1. Lawful Permanent Residency: Must have held this status for at least seven years.
  2. Criminal Convictions: Cannot include aggravated felonies.
  3. Good Moral Character: Required during the seven-year period before applying.
  4. Discretionary Relief: Granted based on individual case merits by an immigration judge.


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