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How do you lose your residency status?

If you get into trouble with the law but are only a permanent resident of the United States, you could be concerned about losing that status. If you're not yet naturalized, there's still a risk that you could lose your permanent residency status and face deportation.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) retains the right to revoke your status if you commit fraud or other criminal acts. Before you face removal, you can ask for a removal proceeding where you have a change to review or challenge the status change.

How do you lose your permanent residency status?

If a judge rules against you during an immigration case, then you can lose your permanent residency status. In that case, a final removal order is then issued against you, which requires you to leave the country.

Normally, you'll lose your permanent residency status only if you intentionally abandon it or commit a crime that has your removal as a potential penalty. By law, you're required to obey the laws of the United States and local government. You have to file income taxes and report your income each year to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You are also expected to support the form of government the United States has as well as being required to register with the Selective Service if you're between the ages of 18 and 25.

Failing to do any of these things could threaten your right to permanent residency. If you commit a felony or serious criminal act, you may find yourself facing deportation and the loss of your residency status.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, "Maintaining Permanent Residence," accessed Feb. 07, 2018

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