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Adjustment of Status

The process of becoming a lawful permanent resident in the United States.

Synonyms - AOS

For those that are put in deportation proceedings.  If the judge orders someone to be deported from the United States, they will be sent back to the country where they are a citizen and will not be able to return legally to the United States for at least ten years.

Synonyms - deport
Government Attorney

The lawyer who represents ICE when individuals go to court hearings.  They sit at the table next to the individual and also talks to the judge.  It is usually the job of this attorney to ask the judge to order the deportation.

Synonyms - Government lawyer
Green Card

Legal permanent residency

Habeas Corpus

a legal petition that is filed to challenge the unlawful detention of an individual

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The agency that has puts individuals in deportation proceedings and is in charge of detaining individuals.  ICE is part is proceedings and is in charge of detaining you.  Ice is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Synonyms - ICE
Immigration Judge

The person who will make a decision about your case.  They hold hearings in the courtroom and wears a black robe.  This person does not work for ICE.  It is their job to look at the facts of your case and apply the law fairly.


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is an agency of the federal government in charge of processing immigration applications.

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