Understanding Immigration Law: From Visas and Green Cards to Citizenship and Legal Status

For hundreds of years that United States offered unparalleled opportunities to people from all nations. Whether to work, study or visit, America was the destination among destinations for immigrants across the globe. While the United States may not have lost its luster, the reality for foreign nationals who want to work, study or reside in the United States is that immigration law is more difficult to navigate than ever before. Whether it is an individual seeking a visa, green card, citizenship or other legal status or it is his or her immigration attorney navigating the legal waters, attention to and review of the applicable Federal law is critical. Simply, whether you are in New York City or elsewhere in the State of New York with an H-1B visa, F-1 visa or green card, or you are seeking the same, it is essential to take the proper steps to best secure the legal status you seek.

Nationals from China, Mexico, Britain, India, Australia, South Korea, Iraq, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and any other nation big or small, are working in cities and towns throughout the United States. Medical residents and physicians, financial services and accountants at Morgan Stanley and Price Waterhouse Coopers, professors and students at NYU and Columbia, lawyers and Big Law and engineers at Fortune 500 companies, the careers and studies of these men and women are as diverse as the people themselves.

Whatever your needs as a foreign national and immigrant in the United States, Crotty Saland PC can assist you in securing the visa, green card, citizenship or whatever status you need to work, study or reside in the United States.

Immigration Issues: Arrests and Criminal History

Irrespective of the jurisdiction inside or outside NYC, an arrest and prosecution cannot merely result in the revocation of your visa, but loss of legal status. Deportation? Inadmissibility? Inability to renew or extend a visa? A delay or termination of your citizenship application? Simply, depending on the nature of the crime committed from Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude to Aggravated Felonies, the consequences are potentially drastic. An experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer and immigration attorney may not merely be your first line of defense, but the only one to protect yourself and your future.

The unfortunate reality is that despite all the effort and work put into securing a job or admission to a school, an arrest and conviction can change that. Whether during your lunch break you walked into Century 21 or Macys without a desire to steal, but walked out with a shoplifting Desk Appearance Ticket for PL 155.25, had a big night out with colleagues and were charged with PL 220.03 for doing a “bump” of cocaine or purchasing ecstasy, or you were arrested with a gravity knife, stolen credit card or fake identification, misdemeanors and felonies can decimate your future in America.

Your first defense to an arrest for any crime in New York is to work with your criminal defense lawyer to implement the strongest and most viable defense to the accusations. Yes, you may have been caught “red handed”, but that does not mean you are guilty or the prosecution can prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. You have rights. Exercise them.

Once you take your criminal defense steps with your lawyer or at the same time, you need to begin securing your current and future legal status. Can you leave with a revoked visa? How will it be reinstated? Will ICE or Homeland Security know about your arrest even if your criminal lawyer gets it dismissed or minimized? How will you apply for or renew your green card? What if your case is long over from years earlier and you now have to face your past to secure your H-1B or F-1? While you may have made some bad decisions in the past, do not lie to Federal law enforcement. Do not knowingly misrepresent. Consult with counsel so a past blemish with the criminal justice system, or one you are currently dealing with, does not derail your future in the United States. Only an experienced immigration lawyer can give you the future in this country that you and your loved ones deserve.

Crotty Saland PC is prepared to use their years of experience as former prosecutors to protect you from the criminal charges that can land you in prison, jail, with a criminal record, fired from your job and inadmissible to remain in or return to the United States. Our immigration counsel is equally prepared to take your hand and walk you through the immigration process to either minimize the exposure to your green card, visa or citizen application or represent you in presenting the strongest application possible to best prepare you for your interviews and ultimate granting of legal status.

Protect yourself and your family. Save your career and your studies. Maintain your legal standing and status. You may only have one chance to get this right. Do not compromise your life. Crotty Saland PC is your first and only line of defense.

Call the New York immigration lawyers and former New York City prosecutors at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today.

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