The immigration system in the United States can be extremely complicated with many different applications, steps, and requirements to be able to lawfully live and work in the U.S. If you fail to complete any part of the immigration process, you could face serious delays or even denial of your immigration application. In addition, some failures to abide by the system requirements can result in deportation proceedings.
If you’ve been found to be deportable, you will have the right to a hearing to defend against the deportation. If the immigration judge orders your removal, you can be separated from your family, your work, your friends, and your home in the U.S. Fortunately, with the assistance of a qualified immigration lawyer, you can defend against your removal and may likely be able to avoid the deportation proceedings in the first place. An attorney who understands U.S. immigration laws can help you navigate this complex system to ensure you are lawfully present in the country, whenever possible.
Immigration Issues that may Lead to Deportation
Many different circumstances can result in possible deportation, some of which include the following:
Almost all of the above circumstances can be avoided if you first, ensure you do not violate any laws and second, consult with an experienced immigration attorney, as soon as possible, to be certain you are in full compliance with immigration laws. The following are some examples of how green card and visa issues can potentially lead to deportation.
- You were inadmissible when you entered the U.S.
- You violated the terms of your green card or visa.
- Fraudulently using marriage to evade immigration laws.
- Your conditional permanent resident status was terminated.
- You assisted in smuggling another foreign national into the U.S. in a certain time frame.
- You were convicted of certain criminal offenses.
- Failure to register as a sex offender, when required.
- You are an admitted or diagnosed drug addict or abuser (no criminal conviction required).
- You were part of a human trafficking conspiracy.
- Failure to properly advise the necessary immigration authorities of an address change within the required time period.
- Using false information for immigration purposes.
- Claiming to be a U.S. citizen when you are not to obtain related benefits.
- Voted in violation of the law when you knowingly were not a citizen.
- Engaged in espionage or terrorism.
Green Card Issues
Once you receive permanent resident status, you are expected to abide by the terms of your green card. Common violations that can lead to revocation of a green card include failure to have a permanent address, not paying taxes in the U.S., voting as a citizen, and more.
Different visas have different terms and restrictions that, if violated, can result in revocation of your visa and deportation. For example, if you are on a tourist visa, you may not work without permission. It is imperative to understand all of the relevant terms of your visa and make sure they are appropriate so that you will not commit a violation and risk removal.
Student Visa Issues
Even if you lawfully arrive in the U.S. with an F-1 or M-1 student visa, you may be removed from the country if you fail to abide by the terms of your visa. Some ways that student visa-holders often violate the terms of the visa include:
- Failing to attend your program of study;
- Failing to inform officials of a change in your program or school;
- Providing false information to USCIS in regard to your visa.
- Reducing your classes below full-time status;
- Not having USCIS or your designated student adviser approve changes in your plans;
- Working without proper authorization;
Note that if you fall out of student visa status, your right to be in the country is immediately revoked, as is the rights of your spouse and children.
Contact a New Jersey Crimmigration Attorney for a Consultation Today
Whether you need assistance with immigration applications, are an immigrant facing criminal charges, or are facing possible deportation, highly experienced immigration lawyer Ronald P. Mondello can help you. The law office of Ronald P. Mondello, Esq. Attorney at Law has helped many foreign nationals with various immigration statutes and can evaluate your legal rights and options no matter what immigration issue you are experiencing. If you believe you may be deported or want to avoid deportation proceedings, please do not hesitate to call our office for help or contact us through our online form.