A green card can open a number of doors. For example, you may have more employment opportunities, you will be allowed to apply for a driver’s license, and you may apply for a Social Security Card. Additionally, if you wish to travel out of the country for less than a year, a green card will grant your admittance back into the U.S. It is important to understand that your criminal history will play a major role when it comes to a green card application. Read on to learn more about crimes that can prevent an individual from obtaining a green card.

Crimes that can prevent you from obtaining a green card

You may be unable to obtain a green card if any of the following applies to you:

  • Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Conviction of a controlled substance violation
  • Convictions for two or more crimes for which the prison sentences totaled at least five years
  • Conviction of or participation in controlled substance trafficking
    • This includes aiding, abetting, conspiring, etc. in illicit drug trafficking
  • Conviction of an aggravated felony
  • Having the intention to engage in prostitution upon coming to the United States, or a history of prostitution within the last ten years
  • Procurement or attempted procurement or importation of prostitutes
  • Commission of severe violations of religious freedom while serving as a foreign government official
  • Commission of or conspiracy to commit human trafficking offenses
  • Seeking to enter the U.S. to engage in money laundering or a history of having laundered money

What does the green card process entail?

Some of the steps of the green card process include:

  • Complete the Form I-131, the Application for Travel Document
  • Submit the filing fee, amounts range depending on the age of the applicant
  • Submit evidence and documentation for the Form I-131
  • Sign and file the form at the correct filing location according to the instructions on the form

What do I do if I am convicted of a crime and apply for a green card?

If you are convicted of a crime, you may not be out of luck. It is important that you work with an experienced immigration law attorney. Contact our firm today. We are here to advocate for you.

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