What Crimes Can Affect Your Immigration Status?

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That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be deported from the country if you commit a minor crime, but it does mean that a criminal conviction can change the outcome of your immigration case.

What Crimes Can Affect Your U.S. Immigration Status?

Any criminal conviction, whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony, can result in a denial of your visa, denial of admission into the U.S., or even a denial of your naturalization petition.

Some crimes are considered “deal-breakers,” and you can be deported if you’re already in the U.S. and commit one of them.

Typically, aggravated felonies are those types of “deal-breakers.” However, even if the crime isn’t considered an aggravated felony here in Waukesha or Milwaukee, it can still be considered one for immigration purposes. (The U.S. Congress has a comprehensive list of what it considers aggravated felonies for immigration purposes, which you can find here.) Some of these offenses include:

  • Homicide
  • Trafficking of firearms, explosives, or destructive materials
  • Violent crimes that result in at least a 1-year term of imprisonment
  • Espionage
  • Tax evasion if the government’s loss is more than $10,000

This isn’t a comprehensive list. Your Waukesha immigration lawyer can help you determine whether a conviction you’ve had is considered an aggravated felony that could affect your immigration status.

If you’ve been convicted of any crime, your lawyer will be able to give you case-specific legal advice and explain the process that’s about to take place. You may be facing removal proceedings, but there may be relief available. 

Do You Need to Talk to a Waukesha Immigration Lawyer?

It’s nearly always a good idea to consult with an immigration lawyer when you’re convicted of a crime. Your attorney can answer your questions, build a legal defense if necessary, and help you through the aftermath of a conviction.

Call us at 262-650-6700 if you’re in Waukesha or 414-383-6700 if you’re in Milwaukee. We’ll evaluate your case and give you the legal advice you need to move forward.

Carlos Gamino

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Can Criminal Convictions Affect Your U.S. Immigration Status - Waukesha Immigration Lawyer
By Carlos Gamino

Whether you currently hold a U.S. green card or you’re working on obtaining citizenship through another method, you need to know that most crimes can negatively affect your immigration status.

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