Will a DUI conviction affect my application for green card status? 19 Answers as of June 11, 2012

Will a DUI conviction affect my application for green card status? What should I do to avoid this from happening?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
You should consult with an immigration attorney. It depends on your circumstances. Generally speaking, misdemeanor OUI's aren't "crimes of moral turpitude," for the purposes of deportation proceedings, but you should still consult with an immigration lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/11/2012
Law Office of Michael R. Garber
Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
You need to talk to an immigration lawyer, but I doubt your green card would be revoked.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 3/16/2012
Law Office of Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
It's possible but not very likely. There's nothing you can do.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 3/14/2012
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
Yes, an OWI can affect our green card status. Generally, two misdemeanors will get you deported. Any felony will get you deported. Also, a single misdemeanor involving a category of crime which is in a category involving automatic deportation will affect your green card. A DUI is one misdemeanor.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/14/2012
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
Normally a DUI first offense will not impact your application, but certain facts can impact it. A DUI is a misdemeanor convictions so that should not hurt you. We work with people to have them avoid getting additional problems as a result of a DUI conviction.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 3/14/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You have to report all arrests and convictions on the Form 400 Naturalization form. You should retain my firm or a good immigration lawyer to handle the process. You may have a problem becoming a citizen with a DWI conviction, but a DWUI violation may not be as serious and it may not prevent approval. Every situation is different and there is not a hard and fast rule, you must retain a good lawyer and hope for the best.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Of course, DUI is a criminal offense, and although not a forceable felony or crime , this could affect your eligibility for green card status, however, you should discuss this with an immigration lawyer, who would be in a better position to advise you on the consequences of this offense on your petition for permanent resident status, it might not be as important to ICE.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    All conviction will effect your status. You need to retain an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    However, if you want to avoid a conviction for DUI you must fight the charge. Hire an attorney to fight the charge.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    It absolutely can affect you. You need to hire the best DWI lawyer you can afford and fight it with everything you got.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    It potentially could. You would need to speak with an immigration attorney to get a good answer to that question though.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    You may not be able to finalize green card while on probation. Make sure you fo not plead are not convicted of the A count "or drugs".
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/14/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Yes. Any crime will. Don't get arrested or convicted. If what you mean is that you already have been arrested for DUI, feel free to contact me for the legal help you need. A little free advice: When arrested for DUI, whether alcohol or drugs, then upon release from jail or booking the defendant is given documents that include a notice that you have only ten days to file a request with DMV for a hearing on an appeal of an automatic suspension of your license imposed by DMV. That is separate and runs consecutively with any suspension that may be imposed by the court. Contact DMV and do so, timely, then appear at your scheduled DMV appeal hearing and present any supporting evidence and testimony.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Yes it can. You can retain counsel and fight the charges to avoid a conviction.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    The Short Law Group, P.C.
    The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
    Any criminal conviction can affect your ability to apply for or renew a 'green card'. It is important to talk with a DUI Lawyer to fight for you.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes it will. Contact a DUI specialist, who may be able to get your a wet reckless. The Feds have no clue what a wet reckless is, so it is much better to have on your record than a DUI for immigration purposes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/13/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    It depends on various factors. If it was a misdemeanor DUI, then no. If it was a felony or occurred while your license was suspended or revoked, it could.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/13/2012
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