Coming to the U.S. is a dream for many, and thankfully, there are typically many routes available to individuals that can make this happen. However, certain legal issues could impact whether or not someone is allowed to stay or re-enter the U.S.
Country of Citizenship
An individual’s country of citizenship can affect their visa status in a couple different ways. For example, if someone is from a country on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist-supporting nations, they must be interviewed by a consular officer before they can be eligible for a visa, and the interview cannot be waived. Even if a person’s country isn't on this list, their citizenship can still affect their visa status. Citizens of countries that have a high rate of fraud are typically subject to more scrutiny when applying for a visa. As a result, it's important to ensure that individuals have all the required documentation before applying for a visa.
The Type of Visa
The type of visa a person has can also impact their legal status in the U.S. An example of this includes student visas. These visas generally allow students to stay in the country as long as they maintain their student status. However, if a student violates the terms of their visa, such as by failing to attend class, they could be subject to deportation.
Additionally, certain types of visas, such as work visas, may require individuals to meet specific requirements to maintain their status. Failure to do so can result in their visa being canceled and that person being required to leave the U.S.
If someone has a criminal history, it could impact their ability to obtain or maintain a visa. A conviction for a serious crime or a significant criminal record could subject someone to additional scrutiny when applying for a visa. As a result, disclosing any criminal history when applying for a visa is essential.
How Murray Osorio PLLC Can Help
If you’re considering switching your visa status or applying for a visa, the attorneys at Murray Osorio PLLC are here to help. Our dedicated immigration lawyers have litigated various cases and will work with you to determine the best course of action for your situation. Contact us online or by phone at (800) 929-7142 to get started.