What does deportation mean?

The process of forcing individuals or a group of individuals to leave a country against their will for a legitimate reason is referred to as deportation. It is imperative to obtain the relevant migration documents and immigrate in accordance with the jurisdiction’s regulations in order to avoid deportation and legal action from the immigration department of a country.

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The process of deportation explained

Deportation is effectively the procedure of expelling an individual or group of people from a country, with those being deported having no say in the matter as to whether they stay or go. Individuals who have committed a criminal offence, or pose a risk to the safety of a country typically experience deportation. This means they are forced to leave the country – oftentimes against their will.

Individuals who enter a country without the relevant legal documentation are likely to be deported by the migration authority of the country. Therefore, individuals who wish to relocate overseas should obtain the necessary legal documents, thus avoiding the chances of being deported.

Below is a list of acts that might lead to deportation:

  • Aggravated crimes
  • Crimes of evil intent
  • Drug activity
  • Domestic violence

Typically, the term deportation refers to the expelling of foreign nationals from a country, as citizens and nationals of a country are usually exiled or banished. Normally when an individual is deported they are refused re-entry into that country for a specific period of time. However many countries such as the USA will refuse re-entry to the US where the foreign national has committed serious crimes including fraud. In the event that a person is deported from a country, they might not be permitted to re-enter the country as this process often stipulates “permanent exile”.

It is therefore important to know your immigration and residency rights when relocating to another country as jurisdictions’ regulations regarding deportation will vary. A professional consultancy firm or immigration attorney can provide the necessary guidance and advice regarding relocation to specific countries worldwide.