New Green Card Rules
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted new green card rules that go into effect in 2020. If you are a green card holder – a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States – or have or want to apply for a green card, it’s important that you know and understand the new laws and how they can impact your status. The new green card laws were passed in 2019 but went into effect in 2020.
3 New 2020 Green Card Laws
• Failing to admit that you are an immigrant on your tax returns or failing to report some of your income could get you deported
• Men aged 18 to 25 who hold a green card must register with the U.S. Selective Service; failure to do so could lead to deportation
• Extended overseas travel or a long vacation can be considered “abandonment” of the green card and result in removal proceedings
Chicago immigration attorney Mario Godoy explained that not knowing the new green cards laws can have serious consequences:
“Not know the new green card rules is not an acceptable excuse for USCIS. If you have a green card and don’t identify yourself as an immigrant on your tax return or are out of the country for an extended period of time, the new rules mean that your application for citizenship or a green card could be denied – and you could even be deported.”
If you have questions about the new 2020 green card rules and are concerned that they might result in your being deported you should consult with an immigration professional to determine what you should do to avoid deportation.
Removal proceedings and deportation can be a terrifying experience, especially when you are entitled to maintain your green card and permanent residency status. A skilled Lombard green card lawyer can help fight for your constitutional rights. To learn more, contact an attorney today to set up a consultation.