If you weren’t aware, applying for naturalization when you have criminal issues can be a touchy matter – even though an individual is a green card holder, it is still possible to get deported for certain crimes. Sometimes these crimes come up during an application for citizenship. Imagine going to the USCIS to attend a naturalization interview, only to find ICE waiting there to pick you up and deport you! That’s right, if you have any criminal issues, it’s essential to enlist the help of a good attorney for naturalization.
Mr. V, of Mexico, has been our client for many years. In 2007 we helped him apply for Naturalization. Mr. V was concerned because he had a prior criminal record.
But for Mr. V, the reward was worth the risk. He wanted to apply for permanent residence for his wife. So with our help, Mr. V successfully navigated his naturalization.
Our office then applied for his wife’s green card and, even though Mrs. V had entered the U.S. illegally, we were able to invoke Section 245(i). We helped Mrs. V show that an immigrant petition had been filed on her behalf prior to April 30, 2001 and that she was physically present in the U.S. in December of 2000. Applying for permanent residence was a life-changing experience for Mrs. V. For the first time, she had a U.S. Social Security number and a driver’s license. Her green card was quickly approved, and the V family now contains a proud U.S. citizen and a lawful permanent resident.