Deportation is an intimidating prospect for people working and living in the U.S. While deportation can occur for numerous reasons, the actual process is usually the same from case to case in terms of timeline and what to expect. USA.gov offers the following information in this case, which can be extremely helpful if you’re facing deportation in Illinois.

If you’re ordered to undergo a hearing about the issue that led to deportation (such as criminal activity or visa violations), you will most likely be held in a special detention center until the time of the hearing. Next, the case will be heard by a court within the U.S. Department of Justice. At the end of the hearing, a decision will be made to determine whether the deportation should be carried out. If so, the country of origin will be contacted to confirm the documents necessary for travel.

You can file an appeal in this case. If your appeal is denied, you can also file for readmission once your reach your country of origin. In either instance, it’s best to have professional legal assistance, as proceedings can be quite complex. If you don’t have the money necessary for legal counsel, you may be able to access pro bono assistance.

There are some things you can do on your own if you’re facing deportation. If you feel as though your civil rights have been violated, you can contact the Department of Homeland Security to make a complaint. You can also attempt to get a green card, either with the help of a family member who already resides in the country or by requesting asylum.