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Reasons you may get deported from the United States

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION - Immigration

As an immigrant in the United States, you have the chance to explore the vast opportunities the country offers.

However, this opportunity can get revoked for various reasons, leading to potential deportation. These may include the following.

You violate your visa

When issued with a visa, it is important to adhere to its terms and conditions. This includes maintaining your status as a student, worker or tourist, as applicable. Engaging in activities not allowed by your visa, such as unauthorized employment or failing to enroll in school, can result in deportation.

You are a threat to public safety

If an immigrant is deemed a threat to public safety, the United States has the right to deport them. This may include involvement in activities such as violent crimes, drug trafficking or terrorism. The government prioritizes the safety and security of its residents, and any actions that compromise this can lead to deportation.

You engage in criminal activities

Another reason for deportation is engaging in criminal activities. This includes both serious crimes, such as murder, rape and assault, as well as less severe offenses like theft and fraud. Certain crimes, particularly those involving moral turpitude or aggravated felonies, can trigger deportation proceedings. Even if the crime is committed after obtaining legal status, it can still lead to removal from the country.

Can you appeal a deportation ruling?

While you may appeal to some deportation decisions, particularly on humanitarian or legal grounds, the process can be complex and outcomes are not guaranteed. Appeals typically involve demonstrating exceptional circumstances, such as having strong family ties in the U.S., facing persecution in your home country or proving errors in the deportation process. 

However, successful appeals are rare, and it’s important to seek legal guidance promptly if facing deportation proceedings.