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Can a Criminal Charge Impact the Immigration Process?

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We know just how important it is for you to find the right attorney to represent you when you are considering immigrating to the United States. You want to make sure that the attorney you choose to advocate for you will understand your goals, be able to help you efficiently reach them, and understands the challenges that you are facing. Hiring an immigration attorney is an important step in the process to becoming a United States citizen and should not be undertaken lightly.

Every day we work with clients who are seeking assistance in a number of different immigration matters. In the United States, there are several categories of immigrants based on their legal status and purpose of immigration. Let us share more information on the four common types of immigrants in America with you right here on our blog.

1. Family-Sponsored Immigrants. These are individuals who are sponsored by a family member who is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, such as spouses, parents, and unmarried children under 21, have preference in this category. There are also other family preference categories that include unmarried adult children, married children, and siblings of U.S. citizens.

2. Employment-Based Immigrants. This category includes individuals who have been offered permanent employment opportunities in the United States. Employment-based immigration is divided into several preference categories based on the skills, qualifications, and job demand. These categories include priority workers, professionals with advanced degrees, skilled workers, certain special immigrants, and certain immigrant investors.

3. Diversity Visa Lottery Winners. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, is a random lottery program that grants a limited number of immigrant visas to individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. The lottery winners are selected through a computer-generated random drawing.

4. Refugees and Asylees. Refugees are individuals who are outside their home country and unable to return due to a well-founded fear of persecution based on factors such as race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Asylees are individuals who are already present in the United States or arrive at a U.S. port of entry and meet the criteria for asylum. Both refugees and asylum seekers seek protection in the United States due to fear of persecution.

While we did not necessarily discuss legal immigrants, undocumented immigrants, or individuals with temporary non-immigrant visas such as students, tourists, or temporary workers, we help these individuals and their families as well. For assistance navigating the immigration process and related legal issues, please feel free to reach out to our office to schedule a meeting time. At the Law Offices of Suzanne St. Luce, P.A., our staff is qualified to offer a wide range of legal services. Our attorney has over 20 years of experience and we want to help you with your case. We take all cases… Personally. Please contact us for questions related to your specific situation.

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