Although the majority of the forms seem easy to fill out on your own, it is important to consult with an immigration attorney before you file for a green card. If you file the wrong application, your case will be delayed or denied. If your case is denied, you may lose legal status and be placed in deportation proceedings. It is important to have an attorney discuss your eligibility and review your evidence before it is submitted to Immigration.
Missing a filing deadline
Filing a document after the deadline may completely ruin your immigration case. For example, if you received a conditional green card based on marriage, then you must file to remove conditions during the 90 days prior to the two-year anniversary of receiving your residency. If the petition is not filed on time, then your residency is automatically terminated.
Messing up your marriage interview
If the residency is based on marriage, it is important to prepare for the interview because inconsistencies in spouse's statements can lead to an accusation of fraud. Such a charge will result in the denial of your green card and prevent you from applying for another marriage-based green card in the future. The best way to prepare for an interview is to have an attorney explain the process so that both spouses know what to expect.
False claim to U.S. citizenship
A false claim occurs when foreign nationals represent themselves to be citizens of the United States for purposes such as obtaining a U.S. passport or filling out a voter's registration card. There is no waiver that would forgive this and the fact that someone else completed the application but the foreign national signed it is NOT an excuse. A foreign national who does not successfully overcome this accusation will never be allowed in the U.S. Therefore, it is important for a foreign national to be very careful about filling out applications that ask about immigration status. If you are unsure, ask an attorney before you sign.
Violating the terms of immigration status
Immigration status determines what foreign nationals can legally do while in the U.S. Visitors cannot work. Students must attend classes. Foreign nationals who misuse their visa will be placed in removal proceedings to be deported. A well-known example of this occurred at Florida Language Institute, where the school did not require students to attend classes and so they violated their student visas. Many foreign nationals who received visas through that school were deported, even those who had changed from student status to a worker status. If you are unsure about the terms of your visa, contact an immigration attorney who can help.
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