How Criminal Allegations Can Affect Your Immigration Status?
In recent years, the US immigration system has been in almost constant flux. As things in other facets have improved, it seems, especially with this new presidential administration, we have gone backwards when it comes to immigration issues. Things like the travel ban amongst other things have drastically affected our immigration standards and in some ways, given us a black eye, in the face of the other countries. However, regardless of how stringent immigration has become, according to Mr. Steven Veinger, the best immigration lawyer Miami has to offer, South Florida still remains a hotbed for Latin American immigration – having one of the highest number of individuals petitioning for greed cards across the country – despite a process that continually gets harder and harder. One of the biggest roadblocks individuals have been facing is in the instance of someone having any type of criminal background whatsoever. To better understand what this means,Mr. Steven Veinger, the best immigration lawyer Miami has in practice offers us these important things to know.
While having one or more criminal convictions was definitely always a roadblock to getting your green card, in recent years, the rules have gotten even more strict. In fact, according to part of the US Immigration Act, which states: “any alien…who admits having committed, or who admits committing acts which constitute the essential elements of … a crime involving moral turpitude…or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such a crime…or a violation of any law…relating to a controlled substance…is inadmissible.” This is an interesting piece of law, as it indicates that an individual doesn’t even have to have been convicted of a crime to not only be denied a green card, but to also possibly even get deported. Essentially, even if you were falsely accused, or technically, even if you thought about committing a crime, you can be denied immigration to the US. And while this might seem to be excessive, to most of us, it doesn’t just end there. Here is some more to know about your past criminal conduct.
In years past, admitting to crimes, especially lesser crimes, that happened long ago could even earn you favor for your honestly, or at the very least they would not bar you from entry. But in the event you admit to a crime that happened years ago now, there is no statute of limitations when it comes to admitting past criminal conduct. Again, this is even the case if there was no conviction at all – and even crazier still, they can deny you even if you were never charged or anyone even found out. According to Mr. Veingerthe best immigration lawyer Miami has practicing, a popular example is when an individual admitted to having tried cocaine or another drug once at a party, over 10 years prior – and simply having heard this admission caused the officer to deem them inadmissible and denied their application.
One of the most troubling issues with the current immigration in the US is that immigration officers are being trained in such a way that they have preconceived biases before they even speak to an individual. And in most instances, they design their questions to trip you up, and in an effort to get you denied. They changed their style from being on a neutral side to now being on the opposition. Many believe that the immigration process has gone from an interview process, to an interrogation process. According to Mr. Veinger, the BEST IMMIGRATION LAWYER MIAMI has to offer, immigration officials are now being trained to obtain admissions, regardless of what tactics they use. Similar to how police officers work – when this is not their job. This combative nature has created huge issues in the immigration relationship our country has with its immigrants. This is why it is vital to get the help of a qualified attorney like Mr. Veinger. For more information be sure to contact him today.