If you are an immigrant in the United States, or you would like to enter the country, you have likely heard many myths about the immigration system. Perhaps movies and television have misinformed you of the process, or maybe you have family members or friends who also went through the process and are now making generalizations about your case. Immigration law in the United States is complex and there are many misconceptions about it that too many people have come to accept as fact. Four of the most common myths surrounding immigration, and the truths behind them, are below.
It is unclear how this myth got started, but it is certainly one of the most widespread myths about immigration. In fact, immigration law in the United States does try to promote family unity and recognizes that sometimes, people enter the country looking for the American dream, but they must leave loved ones behind to do so. For this reason, you can petition for any immediate relative, including a spouse, child, and yes, one or both of your parents.
This myth may have started circulating due to the fact that after five years of holding a green card, a person may apply for citizenship. However, nothing is ever automatic or guaranteed in the immigration system. Even if you have been in the United States for 10 years or more, you must still apply for an adjustment of status, and you must meet certain eligibility requirements that may have little to do with how long you have been in the country.
It is never a good idea for anyone to get into trouble with the law, but it is especially perilous for immigrants. Many people think they can only get deported if they commit major offenses, and that seemingly minor offenses such as shoplifting will not work against them. This is not true. However, that does not mean that you will automatically be deported. You do have options, such as filing a motion to vacate.
Anyone who applies for immigration status obviously hopes for the best. Receiving news that your application was denied can be devastating, but that does not mean it is the end of the road, or that you have to leave the country. You can appeal the decision so that you can remain in the United States, but the process is complex. An immigration lawyer can help you through it and give you the best chance of success.
There are many myths surrounding immigration and those listed above are just some of the most common. If you are applying for immigration status, need to adjust your status, or are facing deportation, our Chicago immigration lawyers at Kriezelman, Burton & Associates, LLC can provide the sound legal advice you need. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
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