How to maintain your immigration status in the U.S.

Having a valid work permit, visa or green card is the long-term goal of many. Therefore, if you have the immigration status that you once hoped for in the U.S., you should appreciate the benefits that it offers you and try to maintain its status. It’s common for many permit and visa holders to take actions that they do not realize could jeopardize their ability to stay in the country for a long period of time. It is important to make sure that you understand what type of behavior may cause you to lose your immigration status.

The following is an overview of some tips for maintaining your immigration status in the U.S. so that you have the best possible chance of continuing your life here. If you believe that you have done something that could have negative consequences for your current immigration status, you should consider the legal remedies that could help you.

You may need to register with the selective services

If you are a male aged between 18 and 26, you may need to register with the selective services, which would mean you could be deployed with the department of defense, to maintain your immigration status.

Consider filing for a re-entry permit before leaving the country

In many cases, you will be allowed to leave the country and return without a problem. However, if you are leaving the country for a long period of time, you should apply for a reentry permit to guarantee that you will be able to return.

File income tax returns

If you earn an income, you must file income tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Failing to do so could be interpreted by the immigration authorities as having abandoned your status.

If you are an immigrant to the U.S. and you are concerned about maintaining your right to live and work here, it is important that you understand how the law applies to your individual situation.

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