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What is "relief" in immigration law?

Relief is the term used to describe an immigration benefit. To figure out if you qualify, look at the requirements for each benefit. Usually, you must meet all the requirements. This means that even if you meet four out of five requirements, you still might not get the benefit. Being granted a benefit generally means you can stay in the United States, but there are exceptions.

To seek relief, you generally apply to the immigration judge, who will set an individual hearing to decide your case.

Click here for an article that provides an overview of some of the most common forms of relief.


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