Criminal Record Causing Immigration Issue

Although you may have resolved a criminal matter many years ago, this does not mean that it will not come back to bite you down the road when it comes to immigration enforcement (unless you are a U.S. citizen of course).

I have clients that have criminal convictions from decades ago that come to learn that immigration is only now enforcing such immigration consequences of criminal convictions.  As a result, these clients are being placed in removal (deportation) proceedings (immigration court).  Can you imagine that the government is now trying to remove these good people (who simply made a mistake) from the U.S.  We are not talking about hard core criminals.  We are talking about a good citizen who a brush or two with the law.

The discovery of the criminal conviction usually occurs during a trip outside the U.S. and then the reentry into the U.S. , during the process of a naturalization application or renewal of a green card since both require biometrics (fingerprints) to be processed.

The best option for individuals who are currently dealing with a criminal case is to have an immigration attorney work hand in hand with the criminal attorney.  If you previously went through criminal proceedings, then before you file any additional paperwork with immigration (whether naturalization or renewal of a green card), consult an attorney regardless of how minimal you think the criminal conviction is.  All too often clients seem to think immigration law draws a clear distinction between felonies and misdemeanors.  This is just not true.  If you value living in the U.S., then make the right decision and investment and consult an attorney before you go any further.

Green Card Through Marriage But Divorcing

So, you married your sweetheart but the marriage did not work out.  What can you do?  Can you still get your green card?

The answer is  . . . it depends.

If your spouse has been abusive toward you, you can continue the process on your own and without your spouse being involved in the process.   This abuse can take many forms, including physical, mental and emotional.

How do you prove that?  Do you have to have a police report, etc….?

The answer  is no.  Police reports are useful but not required.  This abusive behavior can be proven through many other ways.  In some case that our office has filed, we did not have any dispositive documentary evidence but we were able to show that the applicant did in fact suffer abuse (even solely mental and emotional) through reliable detailed sworn statements.

Also, remember that this application is confidential and the information is not disclosed to your spouse.

However, you must act fast!!!!  Time is not on your side.  So, if the marriage is failing due to the abusive behavior of  your spouse, then act quickly and speak with an attorney as soon as possible.  Do not let the opportunity pass you.