Each year, thousands of people apply for a green card in the United States. There are a number of reasons why people may want to obtain permanent residency, such as marriage, being closer to family or for employment purposes.
One common misconception in circulation is that green card holders can never face deportation. While those with permanent residency are given certain protections from deportation, these are conditional. Green cards come with a number of obligations, and, if these are not met, holders can absolutely face the prospect of deportation. Outlined below are some of the more common offenses that can result in a green card holder being deported from the United States.
Failing to report a change in address
As a green card holder, you are permitted to work and live in any area of the country. However, you are also expected to keep the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS) informed of your address at all times. People often find themselves in hot water for failing to report a change in address, and in severe cases, the penalty can be deportation.
Dishonesty during your application
It is a violation of the immigration regulations to be dishonest when applying for a green card. Even if your application has been accepted, charges can be brought by the UCIS retrospectively and the potential penalty in more serious cases is deportation proceedings.
While green card holders have numerous rights in the United States, they are not afforded the right to vote in elections. This right belongs only to U.S. citizens. Those who attempt to vote unlawfully could find themselves facing deportation efforts.
Being accused of unlawful activity, either during or after your green card application, is a serious matter. However, you have legal rights, as well as an opportunity to present your case.