The threat of deportation is a reality that looms over millions of foreign nationals living in the United States. Below, our D.C. immigration team breaks down the most common offenses that can lead to deportation, ways to avoid them, and how an immigration attorney can help someone stay in the United States.
Grounds For Deportation
There are several reasons a U.S immigrant may get deported, many of which are often unknown to many. Let’s explore the most common grounds for deportation and ways you can avoid them.
Failing to Notify the USCIS of Change of Address
It may sound drastic, but it is considered a crime for visa holders not to notify U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of their address changes. You are given ten days to submit the notification; otherwise, you are in peril of deportation.
If committed by a non-citizen, several crimes can lead to deportation. The complete list is provided at § 237(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or I.N.A (8 U.S.C. § 1227.). Crimes that may deem you deportable include;
- Marriage fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Sex crimes
Receiving Public Assistance Within Five Years of U.S. Entry
Immigration laws specify that green card holders who receive public benefits within five years after entry are deportable. Part of the green card application process requires the applicant to promise to be financially independent of government assistance. Failure to follow through with that promise can get you in deportation proceedings or unable to reenter the U.S. after foreign travel.
How Law Group International Can Help Today
It is critical to consult an immigration attorney if you are at risk of deportation. An attorney will be able to assess the particularities of your case and provide you with the best course of action to follow. With a combined 20 years of legal experience, our team at Law Group International will fight for you and your family.
If you or a loved one are at risk of deportation or removal proceedings, don’t hesitate to contact us today through our online contact form, or give us a call at (703) 546-9300 today!