Will my friend still be able to secure us citizenship

Asked over 1 year ago - Columbus, OH

a friend of mine entered the us legally but was working illegally. he just had a child and planned on marrying in december. unfortunately, while working he sold a single cigarette and was arrested and fingerprinted. instead of using his name he used his fathers name that he no longer has contact with...will this arrest negativley affect his application for us citizenship? what other options can he pursue

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  1. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . The immigration consequences of convictions depend on the exact language of the statute under which the conviction took place.

    You need to retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, including the court disposition and the charging documents, in order to advise you, and handle the case.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  2. Juan Paolo Pasia Sarmiento

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . He can't apply for citizenship because he's not even a permanent resident yet. And yes, it will be an issue.

    JP Sarmiento
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    Ohio Immigration Lawyer

  3. Dana Roxana Bucin

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . I highly recommend you retain a lawyer who is familiar with the immigration consequences of criminal activity (many times this is a niche area). Use someone from the jurisdiction where the arrest occurred since that lawyer will need to be familiar with that state's penal code.

    This answer is provided for general education purposes only and is not intended to provide, nor does it provide,... more
  4. Lalita Haran

    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . This person is not a citizen but if you meant whether he could become lawful permanent resident, admission of a crime and conviction, local, state, or federal, could affect his eligibility. In such situation often the person should have a criminal lawyers working alongside an immigration attorney.
    Lalita Haran
    Attorney: Immigration Law
    13295 Illinois St Ste 128
    Carmel IN 46032
    Ph: (317) 660-6174

    Contact (317) 660-6174 for specific legal advice. Answers here are not legal advice because they are of general... more

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