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Why might someone lose their green card?

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Immigration Law

Green cards are highly valuable documents. The resident status they confer on immigrants permits holders to do so much. They can be tough to get, so it’s important to understand why the authorities sometimes take people’s green cards away as you wouldn’t want them to do that to you.

The following are some of the reasons you could lose your green card, after you have applied for one and it has been issued properly.

You fail to renew it

Green cards sometimes have expiration dates on them. It’s important to check and set up alerts to remind you to renew in time if necessary. Remember, the renewal process can take time, so do not leave this task until the last minute.

You commit one or more crimes

Most crimes would not warrant someone losing their green card. Yet a few are serious enough to make this a consideration for a judge. Examples could include murder or fraud. A judge might also seek to rescind someone’s right to stay for a series of lesser crimes.

You don’t appear to be resident here

To retain your residency status, you must be resident in the U.S. You need to spend the majority of your time in the United States and file your taxes here. You might have a valid reason to want to spend an extended period outside of the country, such as returning home to care for an elderly parent, but if you stay too long you could jeopardize your green card status.

If you are worried your green card might be at risk, then it’s wise to seek legal guidance as soon as possible, before it is too late.