As an immigrant, understanding the common reasons for deportation is a way to ensure you are doing what you can and avoiding the mistakes to protect yourself and your family members from the undesired removal from the country. According to the United States immigration authorities, the top reasons for deportation include not entering the United States legally, obtaining a fake Green Card, or remaining in the United States past the departure date listed on the Visa.

On the other hand, even immigrants who have an approved temporary or permanent right to be in the U. S. can and may be deported. A few other reasons for deportation include:

1. Faulty Documentation

Errors (or even violations) concerning your documentation, such as failing to renew your Green Card (or other Visa) may result in possible deportation. Or, if you failed to provide the correct information (even accidentally), you may face deportation.

2. Not Obeying the Terms of Your Visa

If you are in the United States as a non-immigrant with a Visa, varied circumstances apply to your remaining in the U.S. For example, if you are here as a tourist, you may not get a job. If you don’t comply with the regulations set to maintain your non-immigrant status, there is potential reason to deport you.

3. Failing to Notify USCIS of Address Change

If you are in the United States, have a residence address then move, you are required to notify USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) within ten days. Failing to do this is one of the reasons for deportation.

4. Breaking the Law

There are various crimes that may result in an immigrant being deported from the U.S. Most of these crimes are felonies such as violent crimes, trafficking, and espionage. Even if the crime committed by the immigrant is a misdemeanor, the immigration authorities will decide how the crime is classified for immigration law purposes. Regardless of the classification, crime can make any immigrant deportable.

5. Violating Immigration Laws

If an immigrant participates in activities that violate immigration laws, such as fraudulent marriages, they may be deemed deportable.

6. Receiving Public Assistance

In obtaining a Visa, an immigrant would need to prove that he or she would not need to rely on government assistance to live in the United States. If you have a Green Card, your petitioner (or any other financial sponsor) is required to follow through with supporting you. The immigrant or the immigrant’s petitioner/sponsor may also be asked to reimburse any agencies the immigrant received public assistance from.

If you or someone you love is facing deportation, it is in your best interest to consult with an immigration lawyer. Our professional immigration law team at Lee Law Firm is here to help you through this time. Call (404) 892-8300 to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about reasons for deportation.