Are you an immigrant who is married to a U.S. citizen? As the spouse of
a citizen, you should be eligible for a green card because you are considered
an “immediate relative” of a U.S. citizen, and in this case
we’re referring to your husband or wife.
Under the immigration laws, immediate relatives are given special immigration
priority. That means they don’t have to wait in line for a visa
number because the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does not
limit the number of visas that can be issued to immediate relatives, including
spouses, unmarried children and parents of U.S. citizens.
Now that you have applied for a green card, you’re awaiting its approval.
But as you know, in order for you to enjoy your permanent resident status,
you need to show the USCIS that you are worthy of citizenship. What if
you got in trouble with the law, for example, what if you have three
DUI convictions, and two are for
You know that multiple DUIs are considered severe crimes, and you truly
regret your mistakes. You know something might happen with your immigration
case. Will you be deported?
Immigration Consequences of a DUI
There are immigration consequences to criminal convictions, however, not
all convictions are treated the same. In this situation, we advise having
an immigration attorney represent you at your immigration hearing in federal court.
We can’t entirely predict how your criminal convictions will affect
your immigration status because the truth is that it’s up to the
federal magistrate who’s in charge of reviewing your case.
We can, however, tell you that it’s unlikely that your DUIs will
be considered a serious enough crime to block you from getting your green card.
There is one factor that could have a bearing on your green card application:
the length of the sentence could have an impact on how the immigration
department views your specific case.
We hope this helps. If you are facing DUI charges and are afraid of how
it can impact your green card status,
contact our Orange County DUI defense firm immediately for a
free case evaluation!