Reasons You May Be Deported from the US
Deportation, otherwise known as removing a foreigner from a country by the federal government. In the United States, immigration laws contains a great number of grounds in which non-citizens, including green card holders, may be deported back to their country of origin. One of the most apparent reasons is that the immigrant did not have a right to be in the United States to begin with, crossing the border or entering the US in another manner illegally, or staying beyond the departure date required by his or her visa.
Although people who carry non-immigrant visas or green card holders have the right to be in the United States, such rights depend entirely on them following certain rules and avoiding certain types of legal violations. Below, you can find the other reasons you may be deported from the United States:
Failure to Obey the Terms of Your Visa
There are various terms and conditions that are specific to each individual’s type of visa. If you are in the US as a non-immigrant (most likely with a visa) and fail to follow the conditions that apply to you while you are residing in the United States, you will become deportable
Failure to Advise of Change of Address
It is a crime for immigrants not to submit immediate changes of address to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You have ten days to notify them. You can use the “Online Change of Address” form on the USCIS website to do so.
One of the most common reasons for deportation is a criminal conviction. Not all crimes result in deportation, but those relating to drugs, violence, firearm offenses, human trafficking, and the smuggling of illegal aliens into the United States have a strong chance of causing someone to be removed. Other types of crimes that could cause deportation may include family or domestic violence, fraud, failure to register as a sex offender, and almost any type of aggravated felony.
Crimes relating to terrorist activity, endangering U.S. public safety, or any attempt to overthrow the U.S. government through violence, force, or any other illegal means are also likely grounds for deportation. Non-U.S. citizens that have been imprisoned in the United States are at high risk for deportation.
Violation of Immigration Laws
Someone who violates the immigration laws by, for example, participating in a fraudulent marriage or helping smuggle other aliens into the United States, may be found deportable.
Receiving Public Assistance
Anyone who has received a green card has had to prove that you would not become a “public charge” — that is, have to rely on need-based government assistance — which was an important part of proving that you were not inadmissible to the United States and get your green card. The immigration laws follow this up with the statement that, “Any alien who, within five years after the date of entry; has become a public charge from causes not affirmatively shown to have arisen since entry is deportable.”
For some types of deportability, the law may provide a waiver (legal forgiveness) that you can apply for. It is in your best interest to get expert help from a lawyer if you are facing removal proceedings or believe you may have become deportable.