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Immigration status is more than just a box to check

He was a good student in high school, and his family worked hard ever since they emigrated here from Bangladesh in 1991. After graduating from high school in North Carolina, Monji Dolon wasn't sure what residency box to check on his college applications. He's live in the United States for a majority of his life, but for no fault of his own, he is not a legal resident.

Originally, he was rejected from college because of immigration rules. Luckily, he was able to convince the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to admit him to the school as an international student, with no financial aid or scholarships, although he may have qualified for such aid because of his high school grades.

Now he has to figure out how to handle his situation and he seems to have little control over what the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement department will do with him.

He sought employment after graduating from college, and received a few offers to do web design and programming. Unfortunately, the government wouldn't grant him a work visa, so the offers were rescinded. Working as a freelance web designer, Dolon was arrested last summer with no previous criminal record, and eventually released with a "stay of removal."

This means he can stay in the country for the time being, but that decision can be reversed at any time without notice. Dolon now faces what many immigrant youth face in North Carolina and around the country: an uncertain future. Seeking the help of an experienced immigration law attorney can help you exhaust all possible options should you face deportation.

Source: CNN, "Despite immigration reforms, many young immigrants still in limbo," Yasmin Amer, Dec. 24, 2011

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