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3 Legal Issues that Can Affect Your Immigration Status


Becoming a legal permanent resident (LPR) or a U.S. citizen is a dream for many immigrants residing in the U.S. What many people don’t know is that there are several legal issues that can affect an individual’s immigration status--issues that may make it difficult to gain immigration status or even lead to deportation. Our Orange County immigration attorneys explain which legal issues can impact your immigrant status.

If you have a legal issue that is affecting your immigration case, you should contact our Orange County immigration attorneys at (949) 478-4963 as soon as possible!

#1: Criminal Convictions

If the Department of Homeland Security believes that you’ve become a national security threat, you could face deportation. Certain criminal convictions may impact a person’s immigration status. According to U.S. immigration law, there are three types of criminal convictions that can impact your immigration status:

  • Aggravated felonies
  • Crimes involving “moral turpitude”
  • Crimes involving illegal drugs

#2: Unlawful Entries

Unlawful entry is when an individual enters the United States without having proper documentation. Whether it is a temporary or permanent visa, an individual should have been granted permission by the U.S. government to enter. If you are trying to get a visa and you entered the U.S. unlawfully, your case may get denied.

#3: Visa Extensions

Foreign nationals who want to extend their stay in the United States must file this request with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before an authorized stay expires. Failing to request a visa extension on time may complicate your immigration case. If a foreign national remains in the United States longer than authorized, they may be deported or face criminal convictions. No matter your unique circumstances or background, we may be able to help you avoid deportation and pursue the American dream.

Contact our Orange County immigration lawyers today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a case review!


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