Common reasons for deportation

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Immigration |

Individuals who hold visas or green cards and are not citizens of the United States can face deportation for a variety of reasons. Deportation refers to the legal removal from the country by the federal government.

Immigrants who want to stay in the U.S. should understand immigration laws. Violating any of them, which range from seemingly minor things to criminal activities, can lead to deportation.

Criminal acts

According to, one of the most common reasons for deportation is participation in criminal activities. Not all crimes result in deportation, but some of the ones that do include:

  • Violence and threats to public safety
  • Firearm offenses
  • Rape
  • Smuggling in others to the U.S.
  • Prostitution
  • Drug trafficking

Fraudulent activities

An immigrant may face deportation if he or she provides false documentation during the application process. Determining that a marriage, done with the intent of obtaining a visa, is a scam is also grounds for deportation.

Violating the terms of the visa

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are various conditions, such as employment and time limitations, related to a visa. Violating any of them may result in deportation.

Receiving public assistance

Individuals who hold green cards agree not to apply for, or accept, any form of public assistance, such as welfare or food stamps.

Failing to notify about changes

Even seemingly minor things can result in deportation. For example, those who hold visas or green cards must inform the USCIS of any changes. These include address or other contact changes. One must inform the department within a certain number of days after the change occurs.