A green card does not guarantee protection from deportation

According to the updated Memorandum of Service, citizenship and US immigration (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — USCIS), a Green Card is not for migrants insurance policy from deportation. Holders of green cards may be deported from the USA if they are found in violation of the rules for receiving benefits under Federal programs.

As reported in the Memorandum, USCIS, immigrants abusing «any program that is associated with obtaining public goods», will be called to the immigration court. If fraud is confirmed — they are waiting for deportation.

For such situations, officials from the immigration service will have expanded powers to issue a notice of appearance in court (Notice to Appear — NTA).

The main social programs that give immigrants with Green Card the right to receive government benefits, are:

  • Medicaid;
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families — TANF;
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP;
  • Supplemental Security Income — SSI;
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program — CHIP.

Also USCIS introduces new rules to increase the performance of their officers: they can now immediately deny the petition if the immigrant has not provided sufficient evidence of its reliability or in the case lacks at least one important document. Earlier in similar situations , the immigration officials had to send a letter to the applicant with a request for evidence (Request for Evidence — RFE) or notice of intent to deny (Notices of Intent to Deny — NID).

Official letters will still be sent to:

  • when the claimant can not claim by law that requires;
  • when the applicant applied for the program, which has been rescinded;
  • if the case is not enough, not particularly important documents.

These innovations do not relate to the DACA program.

The updated rules will take effect from 11 September 2018.