It can be difficult and dangerous to understand how
criminal law and immigration law interact. A criminal conviction can have significant
effects on immigration status for non-citizens living in the United States,
including deportation, inadmissibility, and other life-changing events.
The risks and probable repercussions of a criminal conviction on immigration
status will be discussed in this blog article.
Removal and Deportation Proceedings
The possibility of deportation is possibly the most serious and immediate
effect of a criminal conviction for non-U.S. citizens. Removal proceedings,
which result in detention and expulsion from the US, may be sparked by
specific offences such as
drug felonies or
multiple DUI charges.
An alien who has committed a crime may be denied entry into the country.
This implies that even if they are entering the country for legal reasons
like job, school, or family visits, they may be refused entrance or reentry.
Revocation of the Visa and Green Card
On the basis of criminal convictions, individuals possessing visas or green
cards may have their immigration status revoked or denied. This may obstruct
efforts to reunite families and immigrate for employment.
Loss of Legal Status
Due to certain criminal convictions, some non-U.S. nationals with legal
status, such as refugees or asylum seekers, may lose their protection
Obstacles to Citizenship
A criminal record may make it more difficult to become a citizen of the
United States. It can make you wait longer to apply for citizenship or
possibly cause your application to be rejected.
Impact on Humanitarian Aid and Asylum
Criminal convictions may be seen poorly in immigration court and may have
an adverse effect on requests for asylum, the deferral of removal, or
other types of humanitarian relief.
Consequences for Family Members Who Are Not Citizens
Family members who are not citizens may experience the repercussions of
a criminal conviction. Family members may occasionally encounter immigration
issues or lose their eligibility for certain benefits.
Restrictions on Legal Remedies
When facing deportation as a result of a criminal conviction, non-citizens
may in some cases have few legal options. Removing a removal order may
be challenging due to the complexities of immigration law.
Priorities for Immigration Enforcement
Who is targeted for deportation may change as priorities for immigration
enforcement change over time. Criminal convictions may, in some situations,
make a person more likely to be removed as a priority.
Seek legal advice
It is crucial to seek legal advice from an immigration expert who can show
you how to negotiate the complexities of both criminal and immigration
law if you are a non-citizen of the United States who is under investigation
for a crime or has already been found guilty of one.
A criminal conviction could have significant, far-reaching effects on immigration
status. To safeguard their rights and future in the United States, non-citizens
must be aware of the potential repercussions of their choices and seek
legal counsel. To reduce risks and strive toward a secure and stable immigration
status, it is essential to navigate the complicated world of immigration
law with the help of an expert immigration lawyer.
About Frank Walker Law
Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100
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