As many know, a criminal record could have potential negative consequences on immigration applications. However, many do not know that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) looks beyond arrests and charges when evaluating whether a foreign national should receive immigration benefits. For example, regardless of whether there was an expungement, USCIS looks at the underlying alleged actions and crime. In other words, it is possible to have an expungement or a sentence suspended, but USCIS can possibly still approve OR reject immigration benefits based on the underlying crime alleged and the circumstances surrounding it.
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Congratulations on your marriage! This is an exciting time of merging two lives into one. If you are a foreign national and your spouse is a United States citizen, you may be eligible to apply for legal permanent residency (also known as a Green Card). A U.S. citizen's spouse is considered an "immediate relative," which is a special class or category according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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