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Your green card may not save you if you are convicted of a crime

As an immigrant living in Texas, you may have experienced numerous challenges and stresses since you arrived in the United States. Perhaps you've already overcome several obstacles in the process of obtaining your green card. But even if your resident status is good, you may still be at risk of removal from the country under certain circumstances. As a non-citizen, you remain subject to all U.S. immigration laws, including those pertaining to deportation.

Consequences of arrest and criminal conviction as an immigrant can be severe. This doesn't mean that you are without options to protect your rights and avoid removal. With proper legal advice and representation, you can fight your case in court. 

Overcoming H1B visa problems in Texas

It would be nice to think that if you wanted to live and work in the United States by means of an H1B visa, you could simply fill out an application, wait a week or so, gain approval, then pick up and move to America. If you've ever dealt with U.S. immigration law, in particular the visa process, you likely know that little scenario is typically far from reality. Many people face tremendous challenges when attempting to request lawful entrance to the U.S.

There are several ways to obtain an H1B visa, which is a non-immigrant visa. Those who wish to participate in this program are permanent residents of other countries who want to temporarily reside and work in the United States. There are other types of non-immigrant visas unrelated to employment, such as when someone wishes to come to the U.S. for medical treatment, as a tourist or on some other temporary basis.

Don't let an assault charge ruin your future

In Texas, people do not take violent crimes lightly. If you are facing an assault charge, the potential consequences that accompany a conviction can be quite severe. Do not let an assault case ruin your future.

Proving guilt in a criminal case is the burden of the prosecuting attorney. To do this, he or she will have to prove that certain elements and supporting evidence exist in the case. What elements are required to prove guilt in an assault case?

What should you know about driving while intoxicated in Texas?

Texas has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country, and if you are facing charges for driving while intoxicated (DWI), your future and your freedom are on the line. Even if it is your first DWI, the repercussions can be quite serious, and you would be wise to secure legal help in order to effectively confront these charges.

What to do when stopped by a police officer

Being stopped or pulled over by a police officer can be a nerve-wracking experience, even if you don't think you're doing anything wrong. As a person who is new to the country or trying to gain immigration status, talking to a police officer can be a high-stakes encounter. Could criminal charges affect your ability to obtain a visa or citizenship?

If a police officer stops you, you need to know how to interact to avoid escalation of the situation. Immigrants often do not get a second chance if convicted of a crime in the United States. Saying too much or too little could cause an officer to arrest or unintentionally hurt you. The good news is that you are protected under the law, even if you are not a citizen.

What Will A Trump Presidency Mean For Your Immigration Case?

Many people on both sides of the 2016 presidential election were surprised by the result. Some Americans are concerned about what a Trump presidency could mean for an immigration matter that affects them and their families.

Are you or a loved one facing deportation or removal in relation to immigration status or a criminal matter? Are you concerned about a visa or your Green Card? Will your immigration case be affected by a change in the White House?

Work visas: What you need to know

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need a work visa to work legally in the United States. However, the process of getting a work visa can be lengthy and confusing. Here's what you can expect when applying for a work visa.

Who is eligible for a work visa?

There are many different types of work visas, each with their own rules. The first step is to determine your eligibility and the appropriate type of work visa.

Receiving a Notice to Appear: Now what happens?

A fear of the unknown when facing deportation is unsettling and frightening. Having to stay in a detention center, awaiting a hearing, only adds to this overall sense of fear too. It is normal to question what the future holds. Will I end up having to leave? When will I see my family? Will I ever be able to come back to the U.S.? These are all just some of the many questions that tend to run through one's mind when facing detention, deportation or removal.

Do immigrants get a second chance after a criminal mistake?

When it comes to crimes committed in the U.S., while the conversation right now is around giving people second chances, one has to wonder if these second chances are going to be extended to immigrants. As of right now, the answer is still typically no.

Recently, the article titled, "A Nation of Second Chances, Except for Immigrants," looked at the double standards many are facing in the U.S. While there is a push for people to be able to learn from their mistakes and move on with their lives -- this push is not necessarily part of the conversation surrounding immigration. Rather, immigrants continue to face the same threats, including the threat of deportation, for making a mistake that led to criminal charges and convictions.

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