Violations and Deportation

There are two ways that violations of the law or violations of your visa status could impact your stay in the US. Certain violations could lead to your deportation or lead to denying you reentry into the US to complete your studies, while some violations will most likely not impact your nonimmigrant status.

Deportable Offenses

Here is a list of some of the violations that could lead to your deportation or lead to the US government denying you reentry into the US.

  • Violation of nonimmigrant status or condition of entry: If you violate a condition to your visa status and you fall out-of-status, you could be subject to deportation. For example, if you engage in off campus employment without getting the necessary authorization from the US government, you have violated your visa status and you could be subject to deportation.
  • Failure to register and falsification of documents: If you fail to update your contact information with the US Department of Homeland Security, by notifying the IU International Students Office in a timely manner, you are deportable. For more information on this type of violations please visit the following link
  • Crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies: If you are convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude and a sentence of one year or longer may be imposed against you, you are deportable. The following list of offenses are among the many specific offenses that the U.S. government considers to be crimes involving moral turpitude: Murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, rape, spousal abuse, child abuse, incest, kidnaping, robbery, aggravated assault, animal fighting, theft, fraud, and, conspiracy. Note that a person who is deported for committing an aggravated felony must remain outside the US for twenty consecutive years from the deportation date before he or she is eligible to re-enter the US.
  • Illegal drugs: If you are convicted of a violation of any law, including foreign laws, relating to the possession or use of a controlled substance, you are deportable. This provision does not apply to offenses involving possession for one's own use of 30 grams or less of marijuana.
  • Speeding to avoid the authorities: If you use a motor vehicle to flee a checkpoint operated by Federal, State, or local law enforcement agents in excess of the legal speed limit, you are deportable.
  • Certain firearm offenses: If you engage in the purchasing, selling, using, or carrying, any weapon or destructive device in violation of any law, you are deportable.
  • Domestic violence: If you are convicted of a crime of domestic violence, a crime of stalking, or a crime of child abuse, child neglect, or child abandonment you are deportable.

Offenses that Do Not Lead to Deportation

Here is a list of some of the violations that will most likely not lead to your deportation.

  • General traffic violations, such as speeding, stop signs, lane usage, invalid license, etc.
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Underage drinking or possession of alcohol

Denial of Reentry

If you commit any of the deportable violations stated on this page, including any violation that would put you out of status, you could be subject to deportation or the government could simply deny your reentry into the US once you leave. This is why you should always check with your International Student Advisor before traveling overseas, to make sure that there is nothing in your SEVIS record that would deny you reentry once you come back.