Facing deportation could be a nightmare for immigrants who wish to live and work in the land of “endless possibilities.”According to the statistics from the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, there have been more than 2 million deportations since 2010, that is a huge and frightening number.
There are several reasons you could face deportation, one of the most obvious is entering the country illegally or overstaying your stay as required by your Visa.
Wondering why you may face deportation? The following reasons could earn you the infamous deportation badge in the United States of America.
Reneging On Your Visa Terms
When applying for a visa, there are terms and conditions you have agreed to honour and it will be criminal when you renege on those obligations. For example, if you are applying for a Tourist visa you have agreed not to overstay or be gainfully employed, by doing otherwise you have willfully ignored your visa terms and deportation is inevitable when apprehended by the authorities.
Violation Of Immigration LawsParticipating in activities that are contrary to immigration laws and regulations could make you deportable. Engaging in fraudulent acts like fraud marriage or smuggling could earn you instant immigration badge.
It is worthy to note that certain criminal participation could make you deportable regardless of whether you are living and working legally in the US.
The following crimes could lead to deportation according to the immigration and nationality act outlines:
- Firearms trafficking
- Money laundering
- Drug offences
- Domestic violence
- Document fraud
- Alien Smuggling
Failure to Advise USCIS Of Change Of Address
It is a crime for immigrants (Green Card holders) to change address without proper notificaftions to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. (USCIS) This also applies to immigrants that are actually living in the United States but on a temporary visa.
Becoming A Public Liability
One of the major requirements during visa application is your ability to finance your stay in the US without becoming a public charge.
Any alien whose survival hinges on government assistance is deportable according to the Immigration and Nationality Act.
While in the United States and in need of financial assistance, it is advisable to rely on your petitioner or independent sponsor. However, if you are a holder of US Green Card, it is unlikely you could face deportation unless the following are true.
- If you or your spouse has received a government notice, requesting repayment within five years of arriving to the US
- If you or your spouse are unable to repay the benefits after a successful lawsuit filed in court by the government
- If within five years of entering the US, you have received long-term institutional welfare or care
- If for reasons that existed before your arrival to the United States you have received long-term institutional welfare or care.
Understanding Immigration laws can be an onerous process, your stay in the country could be threatened by a little mistake. If for any reason you are facing deportation charges, contact an immigration attorney as soon as you can.