What Happens To Your Bank Account If You Get Deported?

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If you have been working in the United States for years, you would have a bank account containing a significant sum of money. What then happens to your bank account if you get deported? Would you still be able to access your money or you have lost it forever?

What Then Happens To Your Bank Account If You Get Deported? Once you are detained or deported, it becomes impossible to access your bank account. But, if you opened the account as a joint account, then you can easily access your bank account through the other party.

However, if it was an individual account, accessing such an account when you are in detention or deportation can become very difficult.

How Can I Access My Bank Account If I Get Deported?

Just out of curiosity, you might be wondering what would happen to the money in a person’s bank account if he gets deported from the US.

Accessing your bank account after deportation can be difficult but it is not impossible. Every bank has its terms and conditions on how you can access or make changes to your bank account. So, the first thing you might want to do is to try to contact your bank to know the specific procedures you will need to follow.

You could as well open a new bank account in your home country and request your American bank to transfer your money into the new account. However, it might cost you a huge sum of money to get your funds transferred to a local bank account in the country where you are.

So, be sure to confirm how much it would cost you before arranging the transfer. If it is worth it, you can go ahead and carry out the transfer. Another alternative is getting your money by cheque but it would take about 2 months for the cheque to clear.

Either way, you can rest assured that no matter how much you are paid, in as much as it wasn’t gotten illegally, you can always have access to it again. The US government would not confiscate your assets unless it was acquired illegally.

5 Things You Are Likely To Experience If You Get Deported

Getting deported can be a very bad experience. Imagine having made a home in the US with families, friends, and loved ones and you just get removed without having the chance to say goodbye to them. Depending on the reason why you are being deported, you could experience different things but here are the top 10 things you are likely to experience during deportation.

  • Deportations can be a very long process. You will have to go for several hearings and court proceedings, which sometimes takes months or even years before a decision is finally reached.
  • If you have a deportation proceeding in court, you had better hope you paid your taxes. If you are found guilty of not paying your taxes, it then becomes a legal ground for the judge to issue an expedited removal.
  • A deportation hearing is different from that of a criminal case. You don’t have access to a free lawyer’s assistance. You have to hire an attorney if you can afford it. Otherwise, you are on your own. However, it is always advisable that you hire an attorney, it would increase your chances of winning the case. They would also provide you with legal advice.
  • If you have children, they could be considered abandoned. If it is likely you would be getting deported, it is highly recommended you make plans for your children beforehand. You use the help of an attorney here.
  • Once an immigrant gets deported, they get a stamp on their passport indicating they were deported. It could be a problem for you even if you want to travel to other countries legally.

What Crimes Make You Deportable?

Here is a list of offenses that can cause you to be deported or removed from the US.

  • Aggravated felonies
  • Violent crimes or theft with a minimum imprisonment of at least 1 year
  • Trafficking, human and guns trafficking, illicit drugs, and the likes
  • Fraud, money laundering, or tax evasion
  • Rape, kidnapping, murder, child pornography.

If an immigration judge finds you guilty of any of these crimes, he will issue your removal. However, committing crimes is not the only reason why people get deported, there are several other reasons why an immigration judge might find you guilty and issue your removal. Some of which are:

  • If you fail to obey the terms of your visa. Depending on your visa, there are rules you have to follow and failure to do so can lead to a deportation order. For example, if you came into the U.S. as a tourist, you are not allowed to work. Doing otherwise attracts implications like deportation.
  • If you violate the immigration laws such as participating in a fake marriage or smuggling other non-U.S. citizens into the U.S.
  • If you don’t inform USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) of a change in address, it might lead to deportation. If you have to change your residential address in the U.S., you have an ultimatum of 10 days to notify the authorities.
  • If you receive public assistance. According to the immigration laws, if you have a green card, you cannot receive financial help from the U.S. government. Failure to abide by this law can lead to your deportation.

Can You Be Deported If You Are A Citizen?

These cases are rare but a naturalized U.S. citizen can have their citizenship revoked. The process is known as denaturalization.  Once, you are denaturalized, you are then subject to deportation or removal from the United States.

Every individual has a right to his or her citizenship and it cannot be taken away unless the government has very strong evidence to support the denaturalization of such persons.