Immigrants, even those with green cards, can potentially be deported if they commit certain crimes or violate U.S. immigration laws. Generally, if an immigrant is convicted of an aggravated felony or a crime of moral turpitude, it can put them at risk for deportation. Continue reading for a more comprehensive list of crimes that can impact an immigrant’s ability to remain in the country.
Crimes of moral turpitude do not have a specific definition under U.S. immigration law. However, there are some cases that are frequently considered deportable, which may include fraud, intent to harm persons or things, larceny, DUIs or DWIs, assault, and crimes that involve dishonesty.
Tip: It's possible to receive admission into the U.S. through an Immigration Waiver
It is possible for a crime to escape this classification, however, if it is considered a petty offense. It is an exception that only applies if the penalty for the crime would never exceed a year of imprisonment or if any time served in prison was less than six months. Examples of petty offenses include DUIs that did not result in damages to persons or property, shoplifting, and simple assault.
Here are two ways in which an immigrant may be deported as a result of committing a crime of moral turpitude:
- The crime you committed occurred during the first five years after you were admitted to the United States
- You committed two or more crimes that did not come from a single scheme of criminal behavior at any point after your admission to the United States
Additionally, aggravated felonies are also a deportable crime. These crimes differ under immigration law compared to criminal law.
Below is a list of some crimes that are considered aggravated felonies under immigration law:
- Sexual abuse of a minor
- Drug and firearms trafficking
- Money laundering
- Child pornography
- Fraud and tax evasion
- Violent crimes with a sentence of at least one year
If you are facing charges that may result in deportation, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney to represent your case.
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