Many people are unsure about who actually faces deportation from the United States. In theory, this is an easy question to answer: U.S. officials can deport anyone who is not an American citizen. However, there are certain groups of people who are at more risk of deportation than others, and if you fall into one of these groups, you should seek advice from an experienced Kentucky deportation lawyer.

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At the O’Brien Law Group, we specialize in immigration and deportation law, and we have more than 10 years of experience helping families and individuals in Louisville. Rusty O’Brien is the former MidSouth region chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and he can use his knowledge and experience to help with your immigration concerns. Call us today at 502-400-7890 to schedule an appointment, and read on to learn the two groups that are most at risk for deportation.

1. Immigrants with Prior Convictions

According to the National Immigration Project, immigrants with certain prior convictions have a higher risk of deportation. Officials may also stop immigrants with past convictions from changing their status to become lawful permanent residents or prohibit them from returning to the United States after a holiday abroad.

This risk extends across a number of groups, including those who are already lawful permanent residents or green card holders. It also includes refugees, people who have temporary protected status, those who have applied to change their status and those on tourist or business visas.

Many convictions can lead to deportation, and in some cases even minor offenses that do not include jail time may be problematic. According to the National Immigration Project, officials may deport immigrants several years after the original sentence, and they can even use it as a form of additional punishment in some cases.

2. Undocumented Immigrants

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, another immigrant group at particular risk of deportation is undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are deportable even if they do not have a criminal conviction, but in many cases it is a conviction that reveals the immigrant to officials.

There are three types of undocumented immigrants, and each carries varying consequences if caught. These include people who crossed the border without going through Immigration; people who have old deportation orders, including a green card or application denial, and people who have overstayed a particular visa, like a tourist or business visa.

While officials cannot deport U.S. citizens, they may revoke citizenship of naturalized American citizens if they can prove the individual fraudulently obtained the naturalization. If you are facing a deportation crisis or need immigration advice, contact Louisville immigration attorney Rusty O’Brien.

The O’Brien Law group has extensive immigration experience, and we often represent clients before the Immigration Service, Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals and numerous U.S. consulates and embassies around the world. Call us today at 502-400-7890 to schedule an appointment with a qualified immigration attorney..

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