suspension of deportation

Suspension of deportation is a statutory remedy that permits an immigration judge to grant discretionary relief from deportation to any alien in deportation proceedings who can show seven years continuous presence, good moral character, and that deportation would cause extreme hardship to herself or a citizen family member. This remedy has been in large part repealed by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) which imposes higher standards on aliens placed in removal proceedings seeking to qualify for cancellation of removal.

CFR Part 1240—Proceedings to Determine Removability of Aliens in the United States