Pacifica Legal Services | Floyd Fernandez
I spoke to someone yesterday with the same issue. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, and the U.S. Immigration Courts in Houston, Texas, have issued a policy statement that non-criminal-conduct-based orders of removal from the United States for certain individuals, about 17,000, are not to be enforced at this time. It does not constitute a visa, nor does it grant authorization to apply for work authorization, unless one has successfully filed a motion to reopen with the Board of Immigration Appeals or the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). What the order does do is keeps you from the fear of deportation/removal, and gives you time to look at other legal options. If you want to discuss the matter further, feel free to call me or e-mail me to set up an in-person or phone consultation. Best to you.
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