Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Ways the Government Can Legally Deport an Immigrant

The laws in the United States regarding immigration give governmental officials several routes for which to deport an undocumented or illegal immigrant. One of the most common ways to deport an immigrant is on the grounds that the immigrant entered the United States illegally or that they are currently in the country illegally due to an expired or fraudulent visa which could include a fraudulent green card.

Immigrants who are in the country legally via a green card or other visa can also risk removal or deportation and be sent back to their country of origin for several other reasons. One of the primary methods in which a visitor to the U.S. can be legally deported by governmental officials is if they fail to obey the terms of their visa. People from other countries can legally visit the United States temporarily as nonimmigrants via visa.

However, the person must obey the terms of their visa if they wish to remain as visitors in the U.S. If a person comes to the United States via a work visa but never intends to actually work, they could be deported. Similarly, if a person comes to the U.S. on a visa as a tourist, they are not allowed to obtain a job. Secondly, if an immigrant changes their address but fails to notify United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the change, they could be deported. An immigrant to the U.S. has 10 days to notify USCIS via an online form on the agency’s website. The third way in which an immigrant could be legally deported is by committing a crime. Not all crimes automatically result in an immigrant being deported, only those crimes listed in Section 237(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.). Some of these crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Violation of immigration laws (i.e., alien smuggling, fraudulent marriage)
  • Any offense deemed a “crime of moral turpitude” by immigration officials
  • Drug offenses
  • Domestic violence
  • Firearm offenses
  • Fraud
  • Terrorism
  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Any “aggravated felony”

Finally, an immigrant can face deportation is if they become a “public charge” within five years after their date of entry. This means that any immigrant who relies on public assistance after five years of living in the country can face deportation back to their country of origin. The most important thing that a person facing deportation or any other immigration issue can do is contact an experienced immigration lawyer in their area to review their options.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Speak Your Language and Understand What You Are Going Through

Immigrants to the United States can oftentimes face difficult challenges because of language barriers and trouble understanding the legal system in the U.S. These differences can cause an immigrant to face deportation without adequate representation and without knowledge as to the immigration charges they are facing. If you, a loved one or someone you know is having an immigration problem or facing deportation, contact our team of seasoned Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C.. You can call us at 215-925-4435 or contact us online. Our offices are located in Center City, Philadelphia and are easily accessible by public transportation.