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Cancellation of Removal (COR) Stop-Time Rule

Cancellation of Removal (COR) Stop-Time Rule

As an immigration lawyer who assists clients in deportation proceedings, it is often important to review and determine whether a client is eligible for cancellation of removal (COR) when assessing whether or not to go forward on an application for immigration benefits in immigration court.

For example, in the case of an applicant for naturalization where a criminal conviction rendering them deportable exists, but where there are strong equities to prevent removal under an application for cancellation of removal should the applicant be referred to immigration proceedings.

​Under 240A(b), a person is eligible for cancellation of removal if 1) the individual has been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of not less than 10 years immediately preceding the date of such application 2) the individual establishes that removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to the alien’s spouse, parent or child, who is a citizen of the United States, or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence 3) the individual has been a person of good moral character during such period ,and 4) the individual has not been convicted of an offense under 1182(a)(2), 1227(a)(2) or 1227(a)(3).