An order of supervision (OSUP) is a tool used by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep an eye on immigrants within the US.
An OSUP is typically given to immigrants who have been detained by ICE, released, and who are waiting for their final deportation order. Even if you have received your final deportation order, you may still receive an OSUP to cover the short time before removal.
It’s true that an OSUP will keep you from being detained in jail. In fact, it’s possible that you may be able to keep your work authorization and apply for further Visas that may allow you to stay permanently in the US.
Unfortunately, OSUPs come with specific restrictions and requirements. For example, you’ll need to meet regularly with an ICE representative or immigration officer. Some of the additional restrictions may include:
Obtaining permission before traveling out of state or whenever you decide to travel at all;
Contacting your immigration officer any time your personal information changes, for example, your address or phone number.
Although rare, it’s also possible for ICE to request that you wear a GPS device to track your location. These restrictions are put in place to prevent immigrants from fleeing before deportation.
If you find your order of supervision to be too restrictive, it’s possible to petition ICE for an adjustment. We recommend reaching out to an experienced immigration attorney who can help you through the petitioning process and protect your rights.
An attorney can also help you determine if you’re eligible to stay in the US permanently. For example, you may have dependent children or a spouse living here that you must stay united with.
While an OSUP is a better alternative than being detained, they often come with harsh restrictions and requirements. If you believe your order of supervision to be unfair, the attorneys at Mark E. Jacobs can help. To learn more, give us a call at 972-445-7577 or send us a message today.