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Common reasons for deportation in the United States

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2023 | Immigration Law |

Every year, the United States has millions of international visitors. For some, their trip is to visit the famous sites and take in the culture. Others plan to come to the U.S. on a more permanent basis.

In any case, the U.S. does place certain restrictions on visitors who plan to stay for more than a few weeks. For example, international students may have to apply for a student visa. Those seeking to obtain permanent residency may have to apply for a green card.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people face deportation. What are the most common reasons for this?

Errors in the application process

Those applying for residency must go through the correct steps. They will be required to provide up-to-date and accurate information to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If it later turns out that there are anomalies in the paperwork, such as inaccurate or fraudulent information, then deportation proceedings may commence.

Visa overstay

Some visas, such as student visas, are only valid for a set amount of time. For instance, a student may be required to leave the country if they haven’t obtained sponsorship or employment post-graduation. Staying past the expiry date of a visa could lead to deportation proceedings.

Criminal activity

It’s possible that a resident or visitor may face deportation for being convicted of criminal offenses. In most cases, these involve crimes of moral turpitude, such as murder or terrorism offenses. However, it’s important to note that more minor offenses may also impact immigration status.

If you’re facing deportation then it’s important to act promptly. Having legal guidance behind you will help you to fight for your rights.