I got green card on 06-16-2008 and have been in US since 1996 (F1), changed to H1 in 2000. I was arrested on Jan 16, 2013, charged with gross misdemeanor of soliciting prostitution in MN. An alien is deportable if (I) he is convicted of a CIMT committed within 5 years of after the date of admission. An article says: "Adjustment of Status Following an Admission Does Not “Re-Start” the Five-Year Clock for Purposes of the Moral Turpitude Deportation Ground Matter of Alyazji, 25 I&N Dec. 397 (BIA 2011). Thus, my admission date is Mar 1996 and is not deporatable. Also, See Matter of Gonzalez-Zoquiapan, 24 I&N Dec. 549 (BIA 2008), wherein the court found that a single act of soliciting prostitution on one's own behalf does not fall within INA section 212(a)(2)(D)(ii). Are these correct?
So you are telling us that you NEVER left the US since 1996 ... not even for a brief trip home to get an H stamp?
Hopefully you haven't cut a 'deal' with the DA and there is still time for you to talk to an attorney in private.
Although you're on the right track with your research, there's more to it than-meets-the-eye.
Talk to a professional.
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