Are you a Green Card Holder? Did you know that you can be deported even as a Green Card Holder?
The United States has strict immigration laws that require foreigners to follow certain guidelines in order to enter and remain in the country. As a resident, you must understand the immigration laws and regulations that apply to you. Failure to comply with these laws may result in deportation, which can have severe consequences.
What is Deportation?
Deportation is the legal process of removing a non-citizen from the country. A resident may be deported for a variety of reasons such as:
- Overstaying their visa
- Committing a crime
- Violating the terms of their visa
If you are facing deportation, you will be given a Notice to Appear (NTA) in court. The NTA will specify the reasons why you are being deported and the date and location of your hearing.
If you receive an NTA, the first thing you must do is to hire an experienced immigration lawyer to represent you in court. Your lawyer can review your case, assess your options, and help you develop a defense strategy.
What are the consequences of getting deported as a Green Card Holder?
If you are deported, you may be barred from entering the US for a certain period of time. The length of the bar depends on the reason for your deportation and the terms of your visa. In some cases, the bar may be permanent. However, it may be possible to apply for permission to re-enter the US after deportation.
How does applying for re-entry work?
To apply for permission to re-enter the US after deportation, you must file several forms and provide sufficient evidence to overcome the prior deportation. One such form is Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, which must be submitted to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You must provide detailed information about your previous deportation, including the reason for the deportation and the length of the bar.
In addition to Form I-212, you may also need to file other forms and provide supporting documents. Looking at the gravity of paperwork this process requires and the stakes at getting deported as a green card holder, it’s always best to seek professional assistance. A US immigration lawyer can help you prepare the application and ensure that all requirements are met. With the right legal advice and strategies, you can increase your chances of achieving your goal in your re-entry application.
Additionally, showing rehabilitation, sympathetic factors and family ties will greatly help with your application for re-entry. The USCIS will review your application and determine whether to grant or deny your request to re-enter the US.
What you must remember as a green card holder
Deportation is a serious matter that can have significant consequences for residents. Having a green card is not an assurance that one will never get deported, which is why it is best to make sure you follow the laws.
But if ever you are facing deportation or know someone who does, keep in mind that it is important to seek legal representation to protect your rights and develop a defense strategy. Remember that an application for re-entry requires serious attention and expertise.
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