For fans of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa and Joe Giudice divorcing will come as a real shocker. This is because he was ordered deported last year.
Joe’s impending deportation seems crazy to most people. But, it can happen to anyone with a green card and a criminal record. What happened to Joe is actually a common problem. His parents, like many others, applied to become citizens without doing the proper paperwork for their minor children at the time. Too many parents assume their kids become citizens when they do.
It is not automatic. You have to do the paperwork for each child. It is very difficult to deport a US citizen. Typically, this would require charging a person with treason successfully, and then stripping that person of his or her citizenship.
Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) or green card holders, on the other hand, can be deported if they commit a crime that is a felony, or just a misdemeanor in some circumstances.
It is critical that green card holders apply for citizenship. It is critical that parents do the correct paperwork for their children when applying for citizenship. It is critical that if you are over 18, you doublecheck your immigration status if you were born outside of the US to ensure you know your correct immigration status, and if that is anything less than citizenship – you apply for it asap!
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