I agree with the comments made by the attorneys above (Mr. Reich, Ms. Schneider, and Ms. Beach). However, I would emphasis that it is important to speak with an experienced immigration attorney about your situation. For example, during the year since Mr. Reich first answered this question, the immigration agency has issued new guidance memoranda about the I-751 "Removal of Conditions" waiver. Failure to follow the immigration agency's new guidance may have a negative impact on your petition....
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The facts that you give do not appear to be compatible with each other. If your friend is a U.S. citizen then there should be no "immigration hold." I suggest you contact a local attorney who is knowledgeable in criminal and immigration law. You may need to contact two different attorneys - one knowledgeable in criminal law and one knowledgeable in immigration law. Good luck - your friend is lucky to have a friend who cares about her.
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