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With the introduction of biometric passports, among other security measures, this scam will be uncovered in due course, with serious criminal and immigration repercussions for all parties involved (those using the passport, and those selling it.) People come to this country to find freedom, opportunity and stability. Those privileges are found in countries where there is rule of law, and people comply with that law, both out of a sense of personal moral responsibility and out of respect for...
That depends on whether you are going to stay with or divorce your spouse. If you stay, you cannot compel her to participate in the joint filing process. If you divorce, you may be eligible for a waiver of the joint filing requirement. Either way, you would be wise to discuss your options with an experienced immigration attorney. Best of luck!
Possibly. In certain cases, felonious assault can qualify as the underlying crime for a U-Visa application. The major hurdle to any U-Visa application is obtaining a law enforcement certification. Law enforcement officials are not required to sign it, and, in many instances, it is difficult to convince them to do so. Talk to a licensed immigration attorney in your area regarding the specifics of your case. Bring in the police reports for all the crimes of which you have been a victim, and be...
You may obtain a permanent green card based on divorce if your marriage to him was in good faith. This means that when you married him, it was for love rather than for an immigration benefit. Timing is crucial in cases involving divorce, because you cannot send your request for a waiver until you have a divorce decree in hand. Consult with an immigration attorney for advice tailored to your unique situation.
There is no specified time frame for administrative processing. It can take a few days, a few weeks, or a few months. The length of time has to do with how long it takes the consulate to conduct whatever investigation they are conducting.
You must disclose the arrest. The immigration consequences of an arrest will depend on the exact nature of the charge and disposition. Bring your court records to an experienced immigration attorney before taking any further steps.
This is a very serious matter. The Avvo forum is not an adequate substitute for individual legal advice obtained through a formal consultation with an attorney. Take your criminal records and see an immigration attorney right away.
These are very serious charges and are very likely deportable offenses. Your friend needs to hire a criminal attorney who will work closely with an immigration attorney to accomplish a criminal disposition that is least likely to get your friend deported.
Because your husband entered lawfully, he is eligible for adjustment of status based on marriage to you. However, there are certain issues with your case, including, as you already pointed out, your lack of income. You may need to explore obtaining a joint sponsor for the Affidavit of Support. You should also speak to an immigration attorney regarding any other possible issues with your case.