You could benefit from working closely with one of our immigration attorneys. We help those seeking a Green Card and have applied for citizenship after years living in the United States. There are countless pitfalls that come with immigration, and a single error could jeopardize the entire process.
Do not put your immigration application at risk by taking on these challenges on your own. A lawyer serving Melbourne, FL, with Bogin, Munns & Munns can take you through the process step-by-step.
Understanding Green Cards
The first step for many people during the immigration process is applying for a Green Card. A Green Card is the informal name for lawful permanent residency. A lawful permanent resident is not a citizen of the United States. However, they maintain the right to live and work in the country. A person with a Green Card also has the opportunity to seek citizenship in the coming years.
However, not all individuals who seek to enter the United States pursue a path to immigrate permanently. There are also people who seek non-immigrant positions to come to the United States for a set period of time. Usually, these individuals come to the United States for employment purposes.
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Becoming a Citizen
There are two pathways to citizenship in the United States: birthright citizenship and naturalization. The naturalization process is the only option for most people born outside of the United States.
If you were born in the United States, you typically secure citizenship from the moment you were born. Even if you were not born in the country, you could be eligible for birthright citizenship if you were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen.
For individuals born to American parents abroad, a foreign birth certificate is enough to prove their citizenship. Proving citizenship in these cases is as simple as applying for a passport or registering a foreign birth certificate at a U.S. embassy.
Naturalization is the process in which a person becomes a citizen outside of birthright citizenship. There are a few circumstances that will allow a person to pursue citizenship in this way. The most common example is lawful permanent residents seeking citizenship after residing in the United States for at least five years.
Your family ties could also give you an opportunity to seek citizenship. If you are married to a U.S. citizen, or you are a child of a citizen, you could be entitled to naturalization. Additionally, you could pursue citizenship after serving in the United States military for at least one year.
Part of the naturalization process involves a citizenship test. This test includes a series of questions regarding the government process. It also includes an English language test. Failing will prevent you from securing citizenship. You can apply for citizenship as many times as you like. You must pay the filing fee each time you do so, though.
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Common Reasons for Green Card Denial
Countless individuals secure lawful permanent residence in the United States each year. However, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denies numerous Green Card applications as well.
Some reasons include:
Green Cards are generally not available to anyone who has previously entered the country without authorization. These individuals typically committed one of the following actions:
- Entering the country illegally
- Securing a visa using fraud
- Violating the terms of their immigration status
Certain criminal convictions can cost you a shot at a Green Card. These offenses are known as crimes of moral turpitude.
Most felony convictions will make it difficult to obtain a Green Card. Misdemeanors can also be problematic if they qualify as crimes of moral turpitude. Some examples could include drug crimes or offenses related to theft.
Everyone seeking entry into the United States as a lawful permanent resident must submit to a medical exam. The results of these exams could lead to the denial of a Green Card application.
Some examples of problems stemming from a medical exam could include:
- Lacking necessary vaccinations
- A diagnosis of a communicable disease
Sometimes the government denies claims by mistake. While USCIS will rarely admit to doing so, mistakes can happen at any time. When a petition is wrongfully denied, an attorney with our firm could help get the process back on track.
Failure to Cooperate
There are steps you must take during the immigration process. If you fail to take these steps, you could see your application denied. Examples could include:
- Refusal to attend meetings or appointments
- Failure to provide requested documentation
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Fighting Deportation and Removal
One of the steepest consequences an immigrant can face is the prospect of deportation and removal from the United States. Removal might be recommended for any number of reasons. It frequently involves individuals in the United States without lawful status, though.
Every person facing the prospect of removal has the right to a hearing. During these hearings, you will have the opportunity to make your case. You would argue why you should be allowed to stay in the United States.
Ways to Help Avoid Deportation
Thankfully, you are also entitled to an attorney during this crucial process. Some of the strongest arguments available for removal hearings include:
- That the criminal charge in question is not a viable ground for removal
- That you are a citizen of the United States
- That you have close ties in the United States and qualify for cancellation of removal
- You seek asylum
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An Attorney From Our Firm Can Help with the Immigration Process
The lawyers at the Melbourne, FL office at Bogin, Munns & Munns understand the importance of your immigration case. Whether you are fighting deportation or pursuing a Green Card, our team is ready to help you obtain the best possible outcome.
To speak with a member of our team, call (321) 254-3939 right away.