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Naturalization – Honesty Is The Best Policy!

When compiling your application for naturalization, honesty is always the best policy. Our Las Vegas immigration attorneys advise that you are entirely open with your criminal record, even regarding minor crimes and incidents that you have been cleared from. After all, the USCIS is likely to track down any unreported crimes on your record, and you don’t want to be caught in a perceived lie at this stage of your immigration process.

With that in mind, disclose to the USCIS all arrests and convictions, including arrests for which you were not charged or convicted and convictions that were expunged from your record. Crimes for which you were neither arrested nor convicted may also come to light in your proceedings, so it’s a good idea to disclose these as well. However, you may not be required to submit documentation for traffic infractions, so long as the incident did not involve an arrest, was not related to drugs or alcohol, and incurred a penalty of less than $500 or points on your driver’s license.

At the same time, this is also your opportunity to list any evidence in your favor regarding your offenses. If you would like the USCIS to get the most favorable view of your record, consider calling upon Williamson Law Office, PLLC to help compile your application.

Deportation

Williamson Law Office, PLLC702-851-1191702-743-1491 (Spanish)HomeContact UsImmigration AttorneysFree ClassesImmigration BlogImmigration TipsImmigration Blog​Deportation is one of the crucial issues that the United States government has to deal with on a daily basis. Often in many public discussions and forums, immigration policy is grossly over-simplified. However, the grim reality of how an individual moves from the United States to their country of origin is a very complicated process.

There are a few important points to note when dealing with deportation and immigration issues. First, illegal immigrants who entered the United States illegally and remain in the United States are accorded the least amount of due process. Lawful residents who committed a crime are accorded the most amount of due process.

Secondly, the deportation process is a three-step process. The first involves issuing a warrant of arrest. These arrest warrants are different from police warrants, and an ICE officer can issue such warrants once a reason has been provided that a resident is an illegal immigrant or is an alien resident who has broken immigration law. It should be noted that ICE officers and agents are also charged with enforcing such warrants.

The next step is the removal process. The removal process may happen in a number of ways. In expedited removal cases, individuals who have already been deported previously are immediately deported without any new hearings or phone calls. As such upon identification, these individuals are deported. Secondly, an individual may choose to go home voluntarily. This type of case is normally referred to as stipulation for voluntary departure. Technically, this is not deportation.

Third, individuals facing criminal charges yet are lawful residents may fight their case. This involves going before a judge, receiving a notice to appear for the hearing, contesting the charges and the presentation of facts on why the individual has violated immigration law. Such hearings may take a substantial amount of time and may also involve a number of continuances and adjournments.

Thousands of illegal immigrants are deported yearly once it is discovered that they do not have the right papers. Moreover, green card holders can be deported if they take part in criminal activities or withhold material information when registering. As such, all United States citizens, green card holders included, are expected to follow all the rules laid down by the law.

A person who is involved in crimes of a severe nature such as murder, assassination, cyber crimes, assault, etc. will face immediate deportation regardless of whether the individual is a United States citizen or just a green card holder. Moreover, other crimes of a less severe nature may also see green card holders face deportation. These include fraud, misrepresentation, polygamy, etc. It should be noted that deportation can happen at any point during an immigrant’s stay in the country.

Qualifying For A Fiance Visa

Sometimes our Las Vegas immigration attorneys will handle the case of an immigrant who needs to come into the country to get married to a citizen. Such a situation calls for what is known as a “fiancé(e) visa.” These visas are specially designed to accommodate international marriages and provide a track towards legal residence to foreign newlyweds.

To secure a fiancé(e) visa for your husband-or-bride-to-be, you must petition on his or her behalf and demonstrate all of the following:

• You are a citizen of the United States
• You intend to marry your fiancé(e) within 90 days of his or her arrival in the U.S
• You and your fiancé(e) are legally able to marry each other and that any previous marriages were terminated by
annulment, death, or divorce
• The two of you have met in person at least once within two years of the filing of your petition. Failing this, you must
either show that meeting this requirement would result in extreme hardship on your part or represent a violation of a
long-standing custom held by your own culture or the culture of your fiancé(e).

For more information on fiancé(e) visas, you can consult Williamson Law Office, PLLC.