For five years, the former Beatle engaged on a legal battle with the U.S government to be allowed to live and work there
John Lennon U.S deportation case finally shuts down when he gets his green card in 1976
After years of a legal battle to be awarded his Green Card in order to live and work in the U.S, John Lennon finally got it on October 7th, 1976. Lennon moved to New York in 1971 with Yoko Ono, however, he was considered a “persona non grata” in the U.S due to be politically outspoken and to support some people and artists viewed as “radicals such as John Sinclair”. Lennon started a legal battle after the U.S immigration sent him a deportation letter stating that because of his 1968 arrest in England for marijuana possession he was not welcomed to live and work in the U.S, this was the way the U.S government found to deport Lennon legally from the country. The case, that dragged for years, even made Lennon to avoid travelling during that period as he was afraid he would not be allowed back in the States, only had a final resolution 5 years later, when in 1976, already a time of political change in the U.S government, Lennon was finally awarded his Green Card. The story of the legal battle was turned into a documentary in 2006, “The U.S vs John Lennon”, which tells in detail the whole case, including lots of archive footage as well as interviews with Lennon and other that were personally involved in the process or followed it by close distance.
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