Immigration cases are complicated, and there are multiple ways to misstep. If there are specific legal questions, it is important to contact an immigration attorney. In order to illustrate the point, here are some common misconceptions:
- · Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) no longer exists, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken over INS’ functions. DHS also coordinates with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Labor and other governmental agencies to oversee immigration;
- · Lawful permanent resident status and citizenship cannot be achieved simply by marrying a U.S. Citizen. There are other criteria.;
- · Illegal entry into the United States will likely jeopardize a later immigration case; Certain criminal plea agreements such as no contest or deferred prosecution may be deemed a guilty plea by DHS and therefore have a dire impact on a person’s immigration status.
This is by no means an exclusive list, but it demonstrates the necessity of talking to an attorney prior to making a decision that may adversely affect you or the person who needs assistance. For additional information, see the DHS website www.dhs.gov.