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Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Convictions

When applying for citizenship, all standard application forms require you to report whether you have ever been convicted of a crime. If you have, you are required to explain in detail everything about the crime and your conviction. It is part of the requirement that all immigrants applying for citizenship show “good moral character.” Answering yes to this question greatly reduces your chances of being approved, especially if you are not being represented by an experienced lawyer who understands how to navigate immigration law.

Limited Solutions For Immigrants Accused Of Crime

If you are not a United States citizen, you can be deported because of a criminal conviction. Length of residency in the United States and the existence of close relatives who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents may eventually prevent a non-citizen’s deportation, but it does not prevent the Department of Homeland Security from initiating efforts to permanently remove you. For non-citizens convicted of crimes of moral turpitude, domestic violence offenses, aggravated felonies and controlled substance violations, limited immigration remedies exist that may prevent deportation. The viability of these immigration remedies depends on the immigration status of the non-citizen, length of residence in the U.S. and the existence of relatives with citizenship or lawful permanent residency.

Contact The Bilingual Immigration Lawyers At Muchnicki & Bittner, LLP

If you are not a citizen of the United States and are charged with a crime in state or federal court, the attorneys of Muchnicki & Bittner, LLP, can represent you in your criminal case, in order to minimize the impact of the case on your immigration status in the United States. Call 614-761-9775 or fill out our online contact form.

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