Can my residence status be taken away if I commit a crime?
The simple and straightforward answer is Yes. Anyone with a residence, whether temporary or permanent, is subject to deportation if they commit or be convicted of one or more criminal charges. However, it is very important to note that not all offenses are detrimental and depend on the severity and nature of the offense.
Some of the most common crimes with which a resident may be subject to the revocation of the Residence or Green Card and therefore the possible deportation are those that are considered by immigration as aggravated felonies, among them are:
- Offenses related to drugs or drug trafficking
- Domestic violence
- Sexual offenses
- Among others
Similarly, while some other crimes do not cause you to be subject to deportation, they can have a negative impact on your application or eligibility for citizenship.
Immigration rules related to criminal charges are extremely complex and extensive, which is why you need the representation of an attorney with the experience and ability to successfully handle criminal and immigration matters.
If you are facing a crime and your immigration situation is delicate or you do not have documents, be sure to consult an attorney with experience in criminal and immigration law, since the resolution of the criminal offense will directly or indirectly affect the immigration field. Don’t wait until it’s too late.