HOW CRIMINAL CHARGES CAN AFFECT YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS
CHARGED WITH A CRIME? DON’T WAIT – CALL OUR FIRM TODAY!
If you have been charged with a crime, your immigrant status could be at risk—whether you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States or you have been granted temporary residency through a green card. Criminal charges can create significant complications for immigrants, which is why you should contact an immigration attorney in Orlando, FL immediately if you have been accused of a crime. The Fisher Legal Group can put decades of legal experience to work for you.
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IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF A CRIMINAL CONVICTION
A criminal conviction could have serious immigration consequences, including:
- Prevent you from obtaining residence in the U.S.
- Result in deportation or removal proceedings
- Result in your arrest or mandatory detention
- Affect your ability to bring family into the country
- Make you ineligible to renew your green card
CRIMES THAT COULD MAKE YOU “INADMISSIBLE” TO THE UNITED STATES
If you are applying for a visa or green card, the government will take steps to ensure you are not “inadmissible” based on past transgressions. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that certain crimes or criminal activity would render an immigrant inadmissible to the United States.
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, inadmissible crimes include:
- Crimes involving moral turpitude
- Violations involving controlled substances
- Controlled substance trafficking
- Engaging in prostitution
- Aggravated felony offenses
- Crimes involving money laundering
- Human trafficking offenses
While some people will try to conceal their criminal history when filling out their visa or green card application, you should know that fingerprint checks are typically required. If the government discovers that you have lied on your application, it may make the immigration process virtually impossible.
WHAT IF MY CRIMINAL RECORD HAS BEEN EXPUNGED?
In some states, including Florida, certain crimes can be expunged or sealed—effectively removing them from your criminal record. While this process can help you in other areas of your life, such as securing employment, this information must still be disclosed when applying for a green card or naturalization. An expungement would also do little to help you avoid deportation or removal proceedings. On the other hand, a waiver of inadmissibility could help you gain legal entry into the United States.
For more information, or for help with your immigration case, please contact the Fisher Legal Group today for a free consultation. You can reach us at (407) 792-6970.