What is Amnesty in Immigration - Wisconsin Immigration Lawyer

By Carlos Gamino

If you’re like many people considering immigrating to the U.S., it may be in your best interest to talk to a Wisconsin immigration lawyer who understands how to help you. Whether you need an abused spouse petition, help with DACA, or something else, your immigration attorney can file the appropriate paperwork and explain the entire process to you.

But what if you need amnesty?

What is Amnesty in Immigration?

Amnesty, at least in terms of immigration, is the term the government uses to pardon an immigrant for violating policies related to immigration or immigration laws.

The U.S. has between 12 and 20 million people living within its borders who have violated these policies or laws and who may be able to qualify for amnesty.

Amnesty means that an undocumented immigrant would be permitted to stay in the U.S. and would be granted lawful resident status.

Why Do People Need Amnesty?

Immigrants who have violated immigration laws need amnesty or they face removal (removal is the newest term for deportation).

You could face removal if you:

  • Applied for immigration benefits but they’re denied
  • Have been convicted of certain crimes
  • Have deliberately or accidentally overstayed a visa
  • Entered without an immigration inspection
  • Committed marriage fraud
  • Assisted another alien in entering the U.S. in violation of the law

The Obama Administration’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action attempted to shift focus from deporting families to deporting felons. However, the Supreme Court upheld a Texas court’s ruling that the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) be put on hold—but only because they ruled in a 4-4 tie.

What Happens if You Don’t Get Amnesty?

Those who don’t get amnesty or find another way to pursue a legal path toward residency face removal proceedings.

Removal hearings are part of a civil process resulting in the formal removal of a noncitizen who is found to have violated U.S. immigration law. Typically, removal is ordered by a judge; you have the opportunity to file an administrative appeal, which your Wisconsin immigration lawyer can do for you.

Do You Need a Milwaukee Immigration Attorney?

If you need amnesty or you’re facing removal, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a Milwaukee immigration attorney who understands your situation and can help you get the best possible outcome.

Call us right away at 414-383-6700; if it’s easier, get in touch with us online. We may be able to help you with your amnesty petition so you can avoid removal from the U.S. 

Carlos Gamino