Some Georgia residents may be aware of the nationally-reported story of a Detroit man who was deported to Mexico in 2018 after living in the United States for 30 years. The man had been brought to the country by his parents when he was 10 years old and failed to qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by just one year.

The man was married and had two children, and he had been trying to get legal status since 2004, working with attorneys and submitting paperwork. He paid taxes for his work as a landscaper and had no criminal record. Although he had been ordered to leave the country before, he was able to get stays each time. However, the stricter approach to immigration of the Trump administration led to an order to leave in November 2017.

The man was deported in January 2018. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended the deportation by saying that he had been ordered to leave in 2006. On Dec. 25, 2019, the man was finally allowed back into the country. According to his attorney, he was given two waivers by the Department of Homeland Security and is now a permanent resident. He will be eligible for citizenship in a few years.

People who are seeking permanent residency or citizenship may want to consult an attorney. Even if their case is fairly straightforward compared to this one, it is necessary to prepare all documents correctly to avoid delays or denials. If a person’s eligibility for a green card is based on more than one factor, an attorney may be able to assist the person in determining which one would be the fastest. An attorney may also be able to help in more complex situations, such as one in which a person is seeking asylum.