A good lawyer can probably get this done with a special waiver. Make sure you hire a lawyer who has experience with exactly this type of case. (My firm has, and my son/grandson live in Baltimore.) Good luck.
Andrew M. Bramante, Rosner Partners, 216-771-5588. Free telephone consultation. You should always consult with an experienced immigration attorney to make certain that the advice you received is appropriate for your particular immigration case.
Your first step is to file an Alien Relative Petition. When it is approved it will be sent to the NVC. The NVC will advise you from there.
Your husband will eventually have an interview at the US Consulate and he will be advised that he needs a wiaver.
It is suggested that you work with an experienced immigration attorney to assist you.
You can sponsor your husband for a green card,but it will be difficult. He will need one waiver due to his deportation, and another one due to his prior unlawful presence in the US.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
Does your husband have a criminal record or has he ever been arrested for a crime? How old was he when he requested voluntary departure? He will definitely need to file one to two waivers if he does not qualify to process a visa here in the U.S. It should be determined if he is 245i. He may need to wait 10 years to adjust in the U.S. if eligible for adjustment. We have successfully filed and/or prepared many deportation waivers successfully. Find a firm in you area that has experience. It is what I call a complex case due to the waiver, but can have a successful outcome if well documented and assuming no criminal history. Good Luck!