Criminal Convictions

Various Issues Related to Temporary Protected Status

March 15, 2013 | Criminal Convictions, Family Petition, Temporary Protected Status

Q.  I’m Honduran, 26 years old. I have been in the United States since 2005. When I was crossing the border in 2005, immigration arrested me and released me after a few months. I was scheduled to go to immigration court, but I was too scared to attend. I was afraid I would be deported. […]

How a Criminal Conviction or Charge Can Affect Path to Citizenship

February 15, 2013 | Cancellation of Removal, Criminal Convictions, Naturalization

Q.  I am a permanent resident. I was detained and placed in removal proceedings because of two old marijuana convictions. The immigration judge granted me cancellation of removal, giving me the chance to continue with my life here. I have been a permanent resident for 17 years and employed. I have no felony convictions. Can […]

Naturalization and Previous Charge of Knife Possession as a Minor

January 18, 2013 | Criminal Convictions, Naturalization

Q.  I was charged with possessing a knife, but the judge discharged the case. This happened when I was just 17. Will I have a problem becoming a U.S. citizen? A.  If you have been a permanent resident five years from the time of your offense, the incident should not keep you from naturalizing unless […]

Naturalization After Arrest for Khat Possession

October 19, 2012 | Criminal Convictions, Legal Permanent Residents (LPR)

Q.  I have a question about my husband’s case. He was arrested in 2004 for possession of Khat. He didn’t go to jail but he got probation. Will his conviction keep him from getting his green card? In the past he’s never been in trouble. He works hard. Can you please help him.  -Nagate Salah, […]

Q. I am very much interested in becoming a citizen. I’ve been here legally since 1985 and have worked ever since paying taxes. Unfortunately, I got arrested on a grand larceny charge in 1991. Is there any chance of me becoming a citizen? Can I request a pardon from the governor?

July 20, 2012 | Criminal Convictions, Legal Permanent Residents (LPR), Naturalization

A. I’m presuming that you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder). There is a potential problem with your filing a citizenship application. Criminal convictions, even if they occurred many years ago, can have various immigration consequences for green card holders. Immigration law has several categories of crimes that can make a green holder […]