U.S. permanent residents or “green card holders” are under heavy scrutiny as soon as they have received
their permanent residency status. The U.S. can exercise the right to have
these individuals removed if they violate the conditions of their legal status.
The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) contains the laws that regulate
permanent residents and offers details as to when behaviors, actions,
or certain offenses are considered grounds for
deportation. Some actions as well can make that permanent resident “inadmissible”
to the U.S., or in other words, unable to seek readmission to U.S. soil.
Once the permanent resident has gone through the citizenship process, then
he or she can be safe from removal proceedings. That is, unless, they
gained citizenship through fraudulent means, such as lying on their application
or failing to disclose critical information that may otherwise have disqualified
These are the conditions that may make an individual deportable:
- The applicant was considered inadmissible at the time when he or she entered
the U.S. or adjustment of status
- The applicant violated the rules outlined as a condition of holding a green card
- The individual had conditional permanent resident status that eventually
- The individual helped another alien enter the U.S. illegally
- The individual had a fraudulent marriage
- The individual committed an aggravated felony
- The individual committed a “crime of moral turpitude”
- The individual failed to register as a sex offender
- The individual committed a drug crime after being admitted to the U.S.
- The individual participated in human trafficking
- The individual bought, sold, possessed or engaged in crime related to illegal
firearms, weapon, or explosive devices
- The individual is likely to participate in terrorist activities or has
known affiliations with terrorist groups
As always, if you believe that your status is being challenged by the U.S., please
consult with our Philadelphia immigration lawyer. We have
over 10 years of experience in the field of immigration law. We strive to help our clients achieve
their dreams and help them find the outcome that they need.