Green card holders can lose their permanent residency status for a number of reasons. For even though the card and the status grants the possessor to many of the rights of any other citizen, deportation is the one thing that green card holders can face that American citizens cannot. So, it is in the best interest of anyone who possesses a Green Card to know some of the reasons this card can be revoked.
- Vote as a supposed US citizen: We’ve heard a lot in the news lately about voter fraud which actually happens less often than many people believe it does. However, as a Green Card holder you must be careful not to even represent that you can vote in US elections. When renewing your driver’s license, for example, be sure to let officials know that you cannot vote as a US citizen.
- Commit a crime: There is a whole host of crime you cannot commit as a Green Card holder, including non-felonies that can cause you to lose your permanent resident status. Some of these offenses include smuggling, fraud, aggravate felonies, the possession or trafficking of controlled substances etc.
- Conditional permanent residents: failure to meet conditions: As a green card holder you are required to meet certain conditions of your residency. If you fail to do so you can be deported.
- Crimes of moral turpitude: According to US Immigration law these include but are not limited to murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, rape, spousal abuse, child abuse, incest, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault, mayhem, mayhem, animal fighting, etc.
- Failure to complete a timely change of address form: When you change your address, you must report this change to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within ten days. This may seem like a very minor thing but it can lead to deportation just as quickly as major offenses can.
If you feel that your legal residency may be endangered at any point while you are in the US then you should call an attorney right away. If you are residing in Van Nuys you should call an immigration attorney in Van Nuys. I handle immigration rights in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas with discretion and can help to strengthen your case. Note: There is a process for renewing a Green Card after an arrest but you will definitely need an attorney to help you do this.