Suffern, NY asked in Immigration Law for New York

Q: Will I have complications obtaining marriage greencard with 2 dwi

Had 2 dwi back in 2002 and 2005 as young stupid mistake I made. Fines all paid and never did any jail time. Both were misdemenear. Never paid taxes as well, but heard from friends I must pay at least 3 years prior. Is that true?

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Mario Musil
Mario Musil
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Portland, OR

A: Criminal arrests can affect your eligibility. You should have an experienced attorney review your record with you to determine what affect it will have on your ability to adjust status. The new form I 944 inquiries into your prior tax filings and you should also discuss this with a lawyer to come up with the best strategy going forward.

John Alexander Bates
John Alexander Bates
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Licensed in New York

A: You should pay taxes for as far back as possible. The DWI are not good but if you have had no other infractions since then, you should be able to move forward with your green card. Another problem you might have is whether you entered the USA legally or legally. If you entered illegally you may need to file a waiver.

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