People can secure the status of being a lawful permanent resident (i.e., a green card holder) in the U.S. via various actions. From directly applying for this status to marrying a U.S. citizen or making a qualifying business investment, there are a few different routes that can be taken to become a lawful permanent resident.

Once this status has been secured, however, certain actions have to be taken to maintain it, otherwise it will be lost.

Below, we’ll point out some of the common ways of losing lawful permanent resident status. For those who need assistance obtaining or maintaining this status – or making any change to their immigration status, contact a Los Angeles immigration lawyer at the Hanlon Law Group today.

Lawful Permanent Resident Status Can Be Lost By…

US Visa & Permanent Resident cards
US Visa & Permanent Resident cards

Committing fraud – In other words, lying on any USCIS forms, during USCIS interviews, etc. can constitute fraud and can be grounds for USCIS to strip someone of their lawful permanent resident status. A common act of fraud that can lead to the loss of this status, for instance, is faking a marriage for a green card.

  • Incurring certain types of criminal convictions – Although not every type of criminal conviction will impact people’s immigration statuses, those for certain types of crimes (i.e., more egregious offenses, such as violent crimes) can also result in the loss of this status. Commonly, an immigration judge will order removal after these types of convictions.
  • Abandoning your permanent resident status – While people can deliberately abandon their status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., they may also be deemed to have abandoned it when they move abroad permanently, they have failed to file income taxes with the IRS while living outside of the U.S. or they have been absent from the U.S. for an “extended period of time.”
  • Completing the naturalization process – This is one of the positive ways that people lose their lawful permanent resident statuses, as becoming a U.S. citizen can confer more rights and opportunities than may be available to lawful residents.

Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.

Do you need help securing a green card or resolving any immigration issues? If so, you can turn to an experienced Los Angeles immigration lawyer at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. For more than 15 years, our lawyers have been successfully representing clients in various types of immigration cases, including those that involve the most basic immigration applications to those associated with extremely complicated federal court litigation.

To learn more about our citizenship, immigration and deportation defense services contact us today by calling (626) 684-3712 or (866) 227-5527 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the screen. From our office in Pasadena, we serve clients throughout the Los Angeles area, across the state of California and from around the world.

We offer free, confidential initial consultations to provide potential clients with expert advice regarding their immigration law needs.