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Immigration procedures could lead to student's deportation

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Whenever someone is in the country on a student visa, there are certain time frames and criteria that must be met. Also, certain hospital and immigration procedures can lead to deportation straight from a hospital back to a home country. Any Maryland immigrants here on a student visa may want to learn more about the status of a man from Pakistan who is comatose and at risk of being deported.

The 20-year-old was a student in college. He was in a car with some friends when an accident occurred. Although conscious when he arrived at the hospital, his health quickly worsened. He had a heart attack and suffered brain damage and is in a coma.

The young man's student visa is set to run out soon. The hospital is currently making arrangements to transport him back to Pakistan, via medical transport. The family of the student is adamant that moving him back to Pakistan in his condition will significantly imperil his health and possibly lead to his death, particularly given the level of care he would receive there. There are also insurance issues with his student visa status.

Situations involving deportation and immigration procedures can be complex when an individual's health is at stake. The man in this case has advocates in his corner who are pursuing legal and financial means for his benefit. Families of loved ones in Maryland in a similar situation may benefit from understanding how hospitals can arrange deportations and what scenarios might lead to the deportation of an individual who is unable to defend themselves or even explain their own situation.

Source: startribune.com, Family seeks to stop comatose Duluth student from deportation, Steve Karnowski, Feb. 12, 2014

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