Non-citizens with permission can be in the U.S. for a specified period or permanently, in the case of green card holders. However, they need to observe certain regulations, as mistakes could lead to being deported.
Knowing more about what can lead to deportation can help you avoid problems. Here are three big areas of concern:
1. Criminal charges
When you face a criminal charge, you are subject to consequences like a U.S. citizen, be it imprisonment or paying fines. However, serious crimes like murder can result in deportation in addition to other penalties.
2. Failing to report changes
Another mistake that can easily result in deportation is failing to report a new address to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you move, you should change your address within 10 days on your USCIS online account or by filing form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card.
3. Visa violations
When in the U.S., an immigrant should observe their visa’s terms and conditions. A violation may lead to deportation. Examples of violations are:
- Working without authorization
- Overstaying the visa
- Quitting a program for exchange students
- Not obeying U.S. laws and localities
It’s crucial to observe the terms and conditions of your particular visa, so make sure that you fully understand them.
4. Marriage fraud allegations
You may face marriage fraud allegations later if you married a U.S. citizen and received a green card. If this happens and you fail to fight, you may be deported.
Can you stop deportation?
You can and should fight to stay in the country. For instance, in the case of a criminal charge, you can defend it in itself and then fight for your rights in an immigration court. You have different options to stop deportation, so it helps to stay calm and obtain more information about your case.
If you are facing deportation, you can challenge the order. You should get legal guidance to make the right moves.