Permanent Residence (Green Cards) May Not be Permanent

April 3, 2014: Once you have your green card, you have permission to live and work in the US indefinitely.  You may however lose your green card status under certain circumstances.  For example, many kinds of convictions can make deportable.  This means you would be placed in removal (deportation) proceedings in immigration court.  You would have to defend your self against being deported.  In some cases, there may no defense to these charges. This issue can also come up every time you cross the border to return to the US.  You may be found to be be inadmissible based on a conviction.  This means that you may not be able to re-enter the US

Another way that you can lose your green card status is by leaving the US without having enough proof of your intention to return to the US to live. This issue comes up when you return to the US from a trip abroad.  This includes trips to Canada. The longer you stay out of the country, the more customs inspectors will question you about the purpose of your trip and your ties abroad versus ties to the US.

For more information on how to maintain your status as a green card holder click on green card.