Every year, U.S. immigration authorities deport illegal immigrants back to their country of origin. In 2014 alone, 315,943 people were deported back to their home country. With a sharp rise in deportations, it’s important to understand what situations can lead to deportation. The Miami immigration attorneys at Revilla Law Firm, P.A. have put together the top reasons for deportation in the United States.
Committing a Crime
Many crimes can result in deportation. The Immigration and Nationality Act lists crimes that can lead an immigrant to deportation. Some of the most common types of crimes that can lead to immigration include aggravated felonies, drug crimes, firearm offenses, and domestic violence.
There are some crimes that make immigrants inadmissible. This means that immigrants are no longer able to return, no matter how long they resided in the United States. If you’re facing criminal charges, it’s vital to get an experienced attorney on your side to prevent your deportation.
Another common reason for deportation in the United States is committing fraud during your visa application process. A common form of fraud that occurs during the immigration process is when a person marries a U.S. citizen to obtain their visa without ever intending to form a life together. If U.S. immigration authorities can prove that the marriage was a scam, they can get deported--even if the marriage was real.
If a person provides false documents of their assets, stating that they are greater than they actually are, this can also result in deportation.
Failing to Obey the Terms of Your Visa or Maintain Your Status
Failing to obey the terms of your visa is another common reason for deportation. Depending on your visa, you will have various conditions applied to your stay. However, if you fail to obey the terms on your visa, or you overstay without renewing your visa, you can face deportation.
Failing to Notify the USCIS of Changes
It’s vital for immigrants with green cards to notify the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of changes, especially their address. Even nonimmigrants who are extending their stay in the United States are required to inform the USCIS of address or contact changes.
Receiving Public Assistance
Immigrants with green cards aren’t allowed to receive public assistance, such as public health care or other public assistance programs like Welfare. Permanent residents who receive public assistance unjustly may be deported.
What to Do After Receiving an Order of Deportation?
If you or your loved one is being deported and you believe your rights have been violated, you have 30 days to submit an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (B.I.A.). If you don’t have any basis on which to appeal, there may be other options to help you. Immigration laws are complex and ever-changing. Having an experienced lawyer will serve as guidance to help you remain with your loved ones in the United States.
Call Our Experienced Miami Immigration Attorney Today!
If you’ve received an order of deportation, our Miami immigration lawyers are here to help you. With over 26 years of experience, attorney Antonio G. Revilla has been helping families throughout Miami with their immigration cases. He is a former U.S. immigration prosecutor, so he knows how to develop a strong case to help you achieve your desired outcome. Our firm is ready to help you from beginning to end to help you remain in the United States with your loved ones.