Getting deported is a life-altering consequence for an immigrant who is living in the United States. The U.S. immigration system is a complex one, with numerous potential grounds on which an immigrant can face deportation. The Illinois immigration lawyers from our firm have worked extensively on deportation cases and have found that the following are three of the most common reasons that can result in deportation.
One of the most frequent reasons for deportation is a criminal conviction. If an immigrant is convicted for certain crimes – aggravated felonies or crimes classified as “crimes of moral turpitude” – they are at risk of deportation. Some of the most common crimes in these categories include domestic violence, drug offenses, theft, and certain DUI charges. Convictions for crimes that involve acts of violence, firearms, or controlled substances can face mandatory deportation. Convictions that may seem a minor offense can even result in deportation.
Violations of Immigration Status
Another frequent reason for deportation is if a person violates their immigration status. Some of the most common reasons we see at our immigration law firm include failing to maintain lawful status, overstaying their visa, or engaging in unlawful employment.
For example, if an immigrant legally enters the United States on a visa but stays beyond the period specified in the visa or if they engage in employment while here but have not obtained the appropriate work authorization, they can find themselves facing deportation proceedings.
Making False Claims of U.S. Citizenship
Falsely claiming to be a citizen of the United States is a serious crime and another common reason for removal. Examples include claiming to be a citizen on a job application or lying to a law enforcement officer. If an immigrant makes this claim, the government does not care how long they have lived here, what type of close family ties they have here, or how deep the roots they have established in their community. It is crucial for immigrants to understand that there are severe consequences for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, and they should always accurately represent their immigration status when required to do so.
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