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    Know Your Rights When Traveling Near the United States Border

    From north to south, the United States spans about 1,500 miles. From east to west, the distance is about 2,800 miles. Many undocumented immigrants believe that the rules that govern their lives will be the same, no matter where they are along those two dimensions. Yet within 100 miles of the East and West Coasts, as well as the Canadian and Mexican borders, a different set of rules may apply.

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    Have you been a victim of crime in the United States? Humanitarian Visas for Crime Victims

    Victims of crimes that occurred in the United States may qualify for a “U visa.” The visa is available to victims and their family members when a law enforcement agency needs the victim’s assistance to investigate or prosecute a crime that caused mental or physical harm. An immigration lawyer can help crime victims obtain a U visa as a pathway to obtaining a green card. The U visa is meant to encourage crime victims who are not legal immigrants to report significant crimes to the police. Before the U visa program was created, crime victims often feared that they would be deported if they reported a crime.

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    The Impact of Criminal Convictions on Immigration Status

     

    If you are undocumented and charged with a criminal offense, you must deal with unique challenges because convictions of many criminal offenses can severely impact your immigration status. Although many presume that only serious felonies impact one’s immigration status, even minor offenses or driving under the influence can adversely impact you if you are a non-citizen. If you are a lawful resident, a criminal conviction can still result in removal proceedings. If you are merely in the process of obtaining a Green Card, a criminal conviction can raise moral character issues and derail your application.

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