You don’t need to be on any government watch list or from any specific foreign country to be deported from the U.S. for breaking the law. Here’s a case of a Chinese national who was studying at Arizona state. He got busted for taking upskirt photos and filming women in the bathroom and now he’s going to be deported. We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that none of you are going to be doing anything like that when you’re here in the U.S. However, one paragraph towards the end of that article is chilling:
For student visa holders in the United States, even minor criminal charges can be grounds for deportation. If a student is convicted of a “crime of moral turpitude,” he or she could be deported and not allowed to reenter the United States without a waiver and permission to reapply from the attorney general during the life span of the deportation order, Matthew Kolken, an immigration attorney based in Buffalo, said. Those deported as aggravated felons are also likely permanently inadmissible without a waiver, he added.
In today’s political climate, you’re going to want to be super careful about even seemingly minor or victimless crimes:
- Don’t drive a car without a valid driver’s license
- Don’t bounce a check
- Don’t buy, sell or smoke pot, even if any of that has been legalized in your state
- Don’t have prescription drugs not prescribed to you in your possession
Parking tickets presumably are not deportable offenses. Minor traffic violations like breaking the speed limit? We’d be more nervous about stuff like that.
Here’s one that may be surprising: Don’t accept employment in the U.S. of any kind if not allowed by the terms of the visa that’s been issued to you.
Read the regulations that apply to your visa . Don’t let that visa lapse. Make sure your passport is valid and unexpired before you leave home, and renew it now if it’s going to go out of date soon.
And obviously, it goes without saying, don’t be some total creepy lewd lascivous gross peeping Tom mothereffer who spies on other people or harasses them or is in other ways antisocial and disgusting.
You might also be interested in:
- International students and significant others (Part 2) – includes breakdown of U.S. visa options
- Should you come to the U.S. for school?
- Where do we stand with the H1b visa debate? (Explains the process of applying for a work visa in the U.S.)