How to Confirm That a Person Was Deported

By Daniel Francis
Deportations from the United States are handled by the Citizenship and Immigration Service.

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) deports aliens when deemed appropriate. USCIS does not publish a database on the status of deportations. The Immigrant Court of the USCIS does offer a toll-free number for status checking. Using an Alien Registration Number, you can call it and follow an automated process to ask certain questions about deportations. You must have the alien registration number of the person whose deportation status you are seeking or the automated system will not work for you.

Dial (800) 898-7180 from a touchtone phone. The automated line at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Press "1" to hear the instructions in English. Press "2" to hear the instructions in Spanish. The voice of the automated operator is female regardless of which language you choose. She will guide you through the process.

Enter the eight digit Alien Registration Number of the person whose status you are seeking when the automated operator prompts you. The eight digits come after the "A" in the Alien Registration Number.

Confirm the number or retype it. When the automated operator asks if you think you entered the number correctly, press "1" if you do. Press "2" if you think you made a mistake. You can then re-enter the eight digit Alien Registration Number.

Confirm the name of the person whose deportation status you are seeking. The automated operator will spell the name out for you. She will address you as if the name and Alien Registration Number are yours. Press "1" to confirm the name. Press "2" to re-enter the information.

Press "3" for "Decision Information" when the automated operator gives you a list of these five options: (1) next hearing date, (2) asylum processing information, (3) decision information, (4) case appeal information, or (5) filing information.

Receive the deportation status from the automated operator.

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