Can My Green Card Be Revoked?

Daren Brown
By Daren Brown | January 6, 2020
That is a very common question, and the answer is, yes, a Green Card can be revoked, but only in specific situations. The card itself signifies permanent residency in the United States. It is intentionally difficult to revoke that right permanently. In most cases, the law works to ensure that status stays permanent, but until you are a naturalized American citizen it is possible for that status to be revoked.


Why Would My Green Card Get Revoked or Why Would My Immigration Status Change?

Different factors can justify making the decision to revoke a green card. The most common among them are:
Fraudulent or Fake Marriage only for Your Green Card: If you marry an American citizen just to obtain a Green Card, it is considered an act of fraud. Assuming that there is enough evidence to file a case; the government can revoke your card and deport you back to your home country. Practically, these cases are very hard to prove because the motivations for marriage are so subjective, but you should understanding that marrying solely for a green card can not only get you deported, it can get you sent to federal prison for years; it is not a risk worth taking to consider such a marriage.

Commission of certain criminal acts can result in an immediate change to your immigration status. Depending on the severity of the crime, your status is not only revoked, you will also be deported back to your home country.  If you are convicted of a crime that constitutes an “aggravated felony” under immigration law, you may be permanently denied admission to the United States.

Green Card marriages aren't the only form of fraud that can result in your status being revoked. Evidence of lies or omissions that led to the approval of permanent residency status can lead to an investigation. If these lies are proven, you will lose your status because of those fraudulent grounds.

The last factor that can change your immigration status is abandonment. As a Green Card holder, you are required to fill out certain documentation if you plan on prolonged periods of international travel. The documentation protects your immigration status by letting the US government know that you do not intend to abandon it. If you are gone more than 180 days annually, it is considered grounds for abandonment and changes your immigrant status.  Aggregate or combined periods of time of certain periods can also lead to abandonment.  Your primary residence should be in the United States.

As you can see, it is very important to maintain lawful permanent residency within the United States once you’ve obtained a Green Card. It is difficult to lose permanent residency, but you do have to renew your card on a regular basis to keep your status current. Immigration law states that a standard Green Card Has to be renewed every 10 years. Conditional Green Cards are valid for two years. If you do not remove your conditions of residency on a Conditional Green Card after the two years, you will be placed into removal proceedings.  You should apply to renew your Green Card six months before it expires.

Where Can I Get Legal Advice About Immigration?

If you have a question about a green card or permanent resident card, or are facing a status change or deportation, contact one of our Amarillo immigration lawyers. Our Amarillo law firm is well versed in a variety of immigration matters. If your stay in the United States is at risk, contact our immigration lawyers today.

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Topics: Immigration