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If I've been deported before, can I still ask for a bond and go to immigration court?


If you have ever been deported before, you won’t be allowed to see an immigration judge again, or ask for a bond. Your previous removal (deportation) order will be reinstated, or used against you to deport you again. Also, if you have already signed a deportation order, you won’t be allowed to see an immigration judge or ask for a bond. If you were caught at a port of entry (like an international bridge or airport), or caught crossing the border illegally, you might have been given a removal order.

If you aren’t sure if any of the above apply to you, ask your deportation officer for a copy of your removal order, or your Notice to Appear (NTA) if you don’t have a removal order.

Nonetheless, if any of the above circumstances apply, other forms of relief listed below may be available:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • VAWA relief for victims of domestic violence
  • T & U nonimmigrant status/visas
  • Asylum, Withholding of Removal & Convention Against Torture (CAT)
  • NACARA (Form I-881)

However, if there is a removal order against you, you could be deported before you have a chance to apply for relief. If there is already a removal order against you, and you want relief, ask a lawyer about filing for a Stay of Removal, Form I-246.

This article is a guide for detained immigrants.