Macomb, MI asked in Immigration Law for Michigan

Q: Permanent resident card renewal

A friend of mine has been living in the US since June 2009. He became a permanent resident in July 2011. His permanent resident card needs to be renewed before July 2021 (he has been here a little over 11 years now).

He was just recently given a citation. It says he was in violation of local ordinance, misdemeanor 3rd degree retail fraud. He wasn't arrested or fingerprinted. This is his 1st and only offense.

My question is, when he renews his permanent resident card if this offense is on his criminal record will his permanent resident card renewal be denied or will he still be able to stay in this country and have his permanent resident card renewed for another 10 years?

* I think I read somewhere that a crime of moral turpitude was if they committed an offence within the first 5 years of entry to this country? He has been here a little over 11 years.

He said the merchandise he took was between $55 and $60

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Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC

A: Hey, a misdemeanor could affect the approval of a greencard renewal. Your friend has to discussed with a criminal attorney about the consequences this charge. Your friend should also schedule a consultation with a competent immigration attorney. Many law firms, including mine, offer telephone or online video consultations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Kyndra Mulder
Kyndra Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: More detail;s are needed to know for sure whether this will effect his status. If the sitation is for petty theft this is a crime involving moral turpitude and it can. However he may also be eligible for the petty theft exceptation.

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