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 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.
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.
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.
Even just the thought of facing deportation is frightening. Especially for those who have been living in Texas for the past couple of years, hoping to one day obtain citizenship, being charged with a crime that could lead to deportation can be stressful and heartbreaking, all at the same time.
There are no two ways about it: For the average person trying to become a permanent U.S. citizen, the path to obtaining residency -- also known as obtaining a green card -- can be downright confusing. There are very specific steps that need to be taken, including choosing the right path to residency and properly completing all of the necessary paperwork.