Some questions that I commonly get as an immigration attorney.
1) I was convicted of a crime. How does this affect my immigration status?
It’s a complicated question. Depending on the crime, you may be subject to removal from the United States. Some crimes are labeled crimes of moral turpitude, others as aggravated felonies and other crimes have little to no immigration impact. You need to discuss your case with an attorney that is experienced in immigration law.
2) How long will my application take?
The National Visa Center maintains a Visa Bulletin, which shows which cases they are processing at the moment. Using this we can sometimes estimate how long a family consular immigration petition will take.
3) Will there be a new amnesty?
Your guess is as good as mine. There are rumors that Obama will order a new immigration policy following the election, but whatever this policy is, it won’t amount to a full blown amnesty for the undocumented. Given that Congress will likely be in Republican control after the election, most experts predict that we won’t have new immigration legislation for at least the next two years.
4) What are the advantages to becoming a United States Citizen?
They are numerous. First, as a citizen you are given a first priority in immigrating qualified family members.
5) Can I immigrate my stepson?
These answers are for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be taken as legal advice. For advice on your specific situation, please call 619-476-1291 for an appointment.