Whether he is eligible to obtain a green card through marriage depends on the nature of his criminal record. Whether he can apply for a green card without leaving the U.S. depends on whether he entered the U.S. with a temporary visa and overstayed, or whether he entered illegally. If the later is true, he would stil be able to apply for a green card without leaving the U.S. if he qualifies for adjustment of status under section 245i.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
Unfortunately, there is not a way to just get an immigration hold lifted, unless the person upon whom the hold is placed is not subject to immigration removal (deportation) proceedings for a reason like already being a U.S. citizen.
The best thing you can do for your boyfriend at this point in time is to get assistance from a licensed, experienced immigration lawyer (and not an unlicensed consultant or notary). As Mr. Schusterman mentioned, that attorney then can evaluate your boyfriend's criminal and immigration history and advise the two of you about your options. Not all immigration detention cases are eligible for bond, but the attorney also could assist with getting an immigration bond if your boyfriend does qualify for a bond, or advise about what to expect if he does not.
If the cost of hiring an attorney is of concern, you possibly may be able to get assistance from an attorney or organization offering reduced fee or pro bono assistance. For a list of those attorneys and organizations, see http://www.justice.gov/eoir/probono/states.htm.
Ms. Doerrie's answer to your question is general in nature, as not all facts and circumstances relating to the specific person(s) and situations involved are known to her. Ms. Doerrie recommends consulting with an immigration attorney regarding your specific facts and circumstances prior to making any legal decision or submitting any form or application. This response does not create an attorney/client relationship.
Attorney Shusterman is correct in his comments. Your boyfriend needs to contact an experienced immigration attorney who can examine his facts and provide him with a legal opinion as to what relief he may qualify for under existing law.
Legal disclaimer: The statement above is provided by CC Abbott is based on general assistance and not intended to be a legal opinion because not all the facts are provided. The person requesting information and all others reading the answer should retain an attorney who is permitted by the state bar within the jurisdiction who can examine the complete facts and provide a legal opinion on your case. All information provided in the above answer and other information provided by CC Abbott does not create an attorney/client relationship within any state of Federal law.
The ICE detainer papers he received should be accompanied by a document called "Notice to Appear" and papers that set an amount of bond or bail. If it says no bond set, or an amount too high, an attorney can file a motion for a bond hearing with the Immigration Court. The judge can decide to set a bond, if one is not set by ICE, as weell as to reduce the amout of the bond, if you feel the bond amount is too high. Good luck to you.
Richard W. Moore, Jr.
Moore Law Group, P.A.
2300 York Road, Suite 213
Timonium, MD 21093
410-825-1790 fax 410-825-1794
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