San Jose, CA asked in Criminal Law and Immigration Law for California

Q: My Refugee was recently granted. I have to wait 1 year to apply for my green card. I am from Iran.

I recently got a ticket for doing remodeling without having a contractor license and will need to court. Can I still get my green card? I have not gone to court to plea guilty yet. Should I delay the court until I get my greencard. Will the immigration run a background check one more time before giving me a green card?

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2 Lawyer Answers

William Mihrtad Paparian

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you negotiate a disposition of your case to avoid the collateral immigration consequences. I have often times been successful in securing diversion for my clients who face collateral immigration consequences.

Sergio H. Benavides

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You probably will not be granted a green card if criminal charges are pending. It is worth your money to consult with an immigration and criminal attorney, or one who does both, to be sure that the criminal charges are resolved in a way that don't put your chances for a green card in danger.

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