New York Legal Assistance - Immigration Visas

Immigrant Visas & Criminal Charges

Whether you are applying for an immigrant visa, also referred to as a green card, or you are already residing in the United States as a permanent resident, a criminal charge can have grave consequences on your immigration status. It is vital you speak to a New York immigration defense attorney immediately in order to address your application as strategically as possible from the outset.

One of the factors considered in your immigrant visa application is any prior criminal history. Your attorney can advise as to which crimes will have an effect on this process and can present all relevant information to the appropriate authorities in cases where this is needed to defend your eligibility. In certain instances, you may even be able to have a case reopened to address the criminal record itself and resolve the matter so it does not affect your visa application.

If you are already a green card holder and are facing criminal charges, your legal counsel can advise on which steps must be taken to offer you the greatest protection. You should also seek legal advice if you have a record and are planning to temporarily leave the country or make any applications or contact with immigration authorities for any reason.

NYC Immigration Lawyer

One of the many great benefits of working with The Portela Law Firm, P.C. is that your legal team practices both immigration law and criminal law. This allows for a comprehensive treatment of your case, which is crucial for avoiding potential errors which may occur without this complete understanding of your circumstances and the legal ramifications involved. The firm offers service in both English and Spanish and is dedicated to advocating for your best interests.

If you have been charged with a crime, contact a New York immigration attorney about protecting your immigrant visa or application.