As a person born outside of the United States who wishes to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you must obtain a green card if you want to move permanently to Texas or another part of the United States. Obtaining a green card is an important step in the immigration process. You may, however, do certain things that might put your green card at risk once you have it.
Not declaring income.
Everyone that generates money in the United States are required to file an income tax return every year to the IRS. Failure in declaring the income you earned or filling it incorrectly, can jeopardize your green card.
Going abroad for long periods of time.
Once you have a green card, it might be tempting to travel back to your home country and see your family! With a green card, you will be allowed to travel freely internationally and safely get back into the United States. However, staying in another country for long trips, specifically over one year, it can lead your green card to be automatically cancelled. Make international trips short!
Declaring nonimmigrant status when filing taxes.
Avoiding to declare income tax to the IRS is bad for your green card, but so is filing it incorrectly. Make sure when filing, to not declare your nonimmigrant status when filing. Once you get your green card, it is extremely important to go and renew your Social Security card number. All of these steps can ensure to keep your green card from being in jeopardy.
Any of these mistakes, intentionally or by accident, can lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to think you are not committed to your permanent residency status anymore.
If you have any questions on what actions can or cannot jeopardize your green card, reach out to one of our Immigration Lawyers at iLaw and we can help you.