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New Laws for Green Card holders to take effect in 2020


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted some new rules that will take effect in 2020.

New Laws for Green Card holders to take effect in 2020

Tuesday, January 14th 2020, 6:04 PM EST by Dave Elias

If you or someone you know is a green card holder you may want to pay close attention to this article as there are some new laws going into effect that could get permanent residents deported.

A simple mistake is no longer an excuse.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted some new rules that will take effect in 2020.

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The new green card rules for 2020 include:

- Failing to admit you’re an immigrant on your tax returns or failing to report some of your income could get you deported
 Men between the ages of 18 and 25 who hold a green card must register with the U.S. Selective Service; failure to do so could lead to deportation
 An extended overseas vacation could cost someone their green card - it could be considered "abandonment" of the green card

Not knowing what the new rules are could get someone holding a green card kicked out of the United States for good.

“Yes I've seen mistakes being held against people,” said Immigration Attorney DeMine.

DeMine, who runs an immigration firm, spoke about the new USCIS laws. She explained not admitting you’re an immigrant on your tax returns or failing to report some of your income could get you deported.

Young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who hold a green card and do not register with the Selective Service could also be deported.  

“These are all reasons for denial of citizenship, denial of green card and abandonment of green cards,” DeMine said.

Even a vacation overseas could cost someone their green card.

“Something like a prolonged visit overseas can have such a big impact on someone’s life, so absolutely I’m warning folks about these things,” DeMine explained.

Some are no longer willing to take the chance by simply holding a green card, which must be renewed every ten years, and instead they’re becoming U.S. citizens to avoid deportation.

She says calling these infractions a mistake is no longer an option.

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