If you are a “permanent resident” or have a visa or “green card” which permits you to work and live in the United States, then you also enjoy most rights and privileges of other U.S. citizens. “Deportable crimes” can strip you of your status as a “permanent resident” or take away your visa or “green card” and lead to deportation and permanent removal from the country, barring you from returning to the U.S.
The federal Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) says any non-citizen in the U.S. may be removed / deported if convicted of certain crimes. It doesn’t matter the length of time in the U.S., how established they are, or whether they have dependent children who are U.S. citizens. Whether they are legal permanent residents, have a green card, visa, or have been granted asylum, they’ll be deported if they commit any crime in the “Deportable Crimes” categories.
The main “Deportable Crimes” categories in California consist of:
If convicted of an aggravated felony, you will be permanently barred from returning. For other convictions, you may be permitted to return to the U.S. after a certain period of time. In some cases, you may have to wait at least 10 years before you can file an application and pay the filing fee before being permitted to return to the U.S.
If you have been arrested for alleged “Deportable Crimes” you need the expert advice of a criminal defense attorney such as Sevens Legal, APC. Contact Sevens Legal, APC, today for a free consultation.