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Shannon M Underwood

Seattle Immigration Attorney.

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  1. Dui and being deported please help

    Answered over 5 years ago.

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    Crimes, whether state or federal, can have an impact on someone's immigration status in many ways including inadmissibility, deportability, or lack of good moral character. Whether or not your criminal record will impact entering the US in the future depends on your status. I recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney who is familiar with criminal law before traveling outside of the US in the future.

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  2. Immigration - Famliy reunion

    Answered over 5 years ago.

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    This depends on many factors. Generally, a United States citizen parent may file a a petition for their adopted child to become a lawful permanent resident if the child was adopted while they were under 16 and they have resided in the legal custody of the adopted parent for 2 years. The child must be under 21 when the petition is filed. Depending on how the child entered the United States (with or without inspection) they will either receive residence in the US or have to go overseas to...

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  3. Legal or illegal ??

    Answered over 5 years ago.

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    The law does allow an individual to apply for lawful permanent residency within the US if they entered on a visitor visa and later married a US citizen. There are many factors that determine whether or not the individual is eligible to become a resident (including financial, medical, criminal, etc.). In addition, if the government believes that the person intended to stay in the US at the time they entered on the visitor visa they could be denied or accused of committing fraud which would...

  4. I got divorce and i only 2 years greencard.can i get aprroved on my greencard for 10 yrs?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

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    An individual must ask for removal of the conditions of their residency jointly with the spouse who petitioned them if they are still married (unless there has been abuse) OR they can ask for removal of the conditions without the spouse if they are divorced at the time the I-751 is filed. A separation is not enough, there must be a divorce. In order to receive approval of the I-751 you must show that the marriage was a real marriage (not just based on immigration status) at the time you were...

  5. How do i know if the crime subjects me to deportion?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

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    Certain crimes can make an individual inadmissible or deportable from the United States. Judges in criminal courtrooms often do not know the impact a conviction may have on the immigration status of an individual. I highly recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney, who has experience with criminal issues, to determine 1) what impact your criminal history may have on your immigration status and 2) if there are any steps that need to be taken to change your criminal history to...