Will a legal permanent resident be placed in removal proceedings for having registered to vote?

Asked about 1 year ago - Charlotte, NC

I'm a permanent resident and I mistakenly registered to vote during federal elections last year at my school when a volunteer persuaded me to. I did not vote. When I found out it was a crime a few days ago, I called the county and they removed me from the polls. The voter registration card from the county states that I checked the "Are you a US citizen question". But I had no idea I did that because I didn't read the form when I signed it. If I apply for citizenship and state this and get denied, will I be placed in removal proceedings? I have a clean record, not even a parking ticket, came here at age 15 with my parents through lottery and now I'm twenty years old. My fear is not getting denied but being placed in removal proceedings.

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  1. Carlos Andres Lopez

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    Answered . You have a serious problem. I would consult with an attorney before you naturalize in the future.

  2. John Grayson Davidson

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    Answered . No removal proceedings, but will affect your citizenship. You will need a lawyer.

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  3. F. J. Capriotti III

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    Answered . This could be a huge problem.

    Get a copy of your registration card and the computer print-out (or whatever record they have) of you 'un-registering'.

    Talk to a lawyer ... immediately. No amount of being 'good' over-rides a false claim to US citizenship.

    There are a few, very few, loopholes to this horribly strict law.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- franco@capriotti.com -- www.capriotti.com -- This blog posting... more
  4. Helen Ramirez

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    Answered . I am sorry you find yourself in this predicament, which unfortunately can have serious consequences for citizenship purposes. I urge you to consult with an immigration attorney fast. Please visit www.aila.org.

    Good luck.

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  5. Rebekah Grafton

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    Answered . You absolutely need to contact an immigration attorney who can advise you of the potential consequences of a filing a naturalization application in these circumstances.

  6. Min Li

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    Answered . Contact an experience attorney. The question will be" to apply" or "not to apply".

  7. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

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    Answered . Most definitely. Retain a counsel.

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  8. Angelique Giselle Montes

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    Answered . This is not something you should attempt to do on your own - there may be serious legal consequences and not worth the risk. You will need to retain an experienced immigration attorney.

    Angelique Montes, Esq., Immigration Attorney in Houston, Texas. 832-378-7781. This is not legal advice and a... more
  9. Robert Louis Brown

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    Answered . Yes this may result in a serious issue for you. Retain legal assistance and obtain certified copies of your registration and withdrawal of the registration.

    919.225.3963
    immigration@rbrownllc.com
    www.brownimmigrationNC.com
    Robert Brown LLC
    2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 3050
    Durham, NC 27713

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