When an immigrant who is not yet a citizen gets arrested for a crime, they are facing even more penalties than when a citizen of the United States. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may even lose your green card or visa and have to return back to your home country and lose eligibility to become a United States citizen. You will require not only an experienced immigration attorney but also a criminal defense attorney who can work to allow you to keep your immigration status and avoid getting deported.
When you are applying for citizenship in the United States, the USCIS will take a look at your criminal record. You will be required to have good moral turpitude, or ensuring that you have been a good citizen in the community during your time in the United States. The immigration officers may interview the people that you surround yourself with to ask about your behavior (whether it is good or bad) and what good qualities you bring to the community. If you have been charged with a crime, your immigration status may be in jeopardy.
It is important that if you are charged with a crime while you are in immigrant status that you have experienced attorneys who are on your side. They can make the difference as to whether or not you are allowed to become a United States citizen or if you are instead deported back to your native country.
The Law Office of Cheryl David is experienced in immigration law throughout NYC. If you have questions regarding what a waiver is, whether you qualify for a waiver or how to apply for a waiver, please contact the office, and we would be happy to assist you.