Having a visa or green card is a privilege that must be respected and taken seriously.

There are reasons that can allow even a permanent resident to be deported. Most permanent residents who face deportation are entitled to a day in court to defend themselves against the government's accusations. Persons facing the possibility of deportation should find a way to hire a lawyer or secure pro bono representation. 

Reasons for deporting a green card holder are various types of serious misconduct. This list is not exhaustive, but gives examples of common grounds for deportation: 

     The person was inadmissible at the time of entry or adjustment of status

     The person violates the terms of their visa, green card or another status.

     Knowingly helped to smuggle another foreign person into the U.S.

     Marriage fraud

     Convicted of a crime of "moral turpitude" within five years after the date of admission to the U.S. The crime must be punishable by at least one year of incarceration.

     Convicted of an aggravated felony

     Failure to register as a sex offender

     Drug crimes (with an exception for 30 grams or less of marijuana for personal use)

     Convicted of domestic violence or child abuse or neglect.

     Engaged in human trafficking activity

     Giving false information to immigration officials


     Has engaged in or is likely to engage in terrorist activities