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Legal Reasons for Deportation of an US Permanent Resident

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"It is a common myth that lawful permanent residents of the United States are immune against being deported. However, that is not true. Under some special circumstances, you can be deported even if you have a valid Green Card (Permanent Resident Card)."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  May 6, 2021
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It is a common myth that lawful permanent residents of the United States are immune against being deported. However, that is not true. Under some special circumstances, you can be deported even if you have a valid Green Card (Permanent Resident Card)

Only US citizens are protected against deportation orders. As a lawful permanent resident, deportation is still very much a possibility. To avoid it, you should know the legal reasons for which a Green Card holder can be deported.

What Are the Legal Reasons for Deportation of an US Immigrant?

Having a Conditional Permanent Residence: 

This applies to lawful permanent residents who were issued Green Cards valid only for 2 years. If they fail to remove the conditions on their Green Card before the end of 2 years, they risk being deported to their home country. This is valid for employment-based and marriage-based Green Card holders.

Fail to Notify USCIS of Address Change: 

You must notify the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of any change in your address within 10 days, failure to do so can lead to deportation.

Receiving Public Assistance: 

Proving that you won’t become a ‘public charge’ is an important part of the process to gain a Green Card. Therefore obtaining any type of government assistance can put you at the risk of being deported. You may be asked to reimburse any agencies from which you received public assistance or you may be deported. 

Guilty of a Felony: 

If you are convicted of a felony such as murder, assault or battery, racketeering, money laundering, etc, then you will be deported.

Now that you know, refrain from committing any of the above-mentioned points to avoid being deported from the US and losing your Green Card. 

Found Guilty of Smuggling: 

If you are discovered smuggling another person during the validity period of your Green Card, then you risk being deported from the US.

Danger to Public or National Security: 

You must not be discovered being involved in espionage or evasion, including acts to control the US government. You risk being deported back to your home country.

Involved in Terrorist Activity: 

You must not engage or endorse terrorist activity of any kind or become a member of a terrorist organization.

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