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What criminal charges mean to your immigration status

If you are hoping to secure your citizenship in the United States, you should be aware that being convicted of a crime can have devastating effects on your status. There is a high priority placed on keeping an eye on individuals who do not have legal status and have a criminal record. When you have a criminal record, you are considered to be high risk and a threat to the safety of the public.

When you are not a United States citizen, having contact with the police will most likely have an effect on your immigration status. If you are arrested, you can expect your chances of obtaining a work visa or permanent residence to severely diminished.

Consequences of being found guilty of a crime as a non-citizen:

  • Deportation
  • Be held in detention as your deportation case is ongoing
  • Lose the ability to ever return to the United States or be permanently banned
  • Denial of your application for citizenship or be permanently denied

All the above scenarios will still be in effect regardless if:

  • The conviction results in a misdemeanor
  • You are issued probation or court supervision
  • Your conviction is from a long time ago
  • You have worked and lived in the United States for many years
  • Your whole family lives in the United States

When it comes to immigration, the government will operate based on the rules and will not take special circumstances or an emotional plea into account. If you have been convicted of a crime, the effects of the arrest will have significant ramifications if you want to pursue permanent status in the United States of America.

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