Piscataway, NJ asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey

Q: On my green card renewal process, should I consult a lawyer after or before submitting biometrics?

I just asked a question previously about green card renewals while on probation for 4th degree theft, I wanted to know if I should consult a lawyer before or after submitting my biometrics.

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Syed Ali Hussain Lahooti
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  • Silver Spring, MD

A: It is always advisable to consult with a lawyer, ASAP no matter whether you applied for renewal or planning to apply for that, especially in a situation like yours. In your case, it is essential to discuss your situation with an attorney who specializes in 'crimmigration'—someone well-versed in both immigration and criminal law. This ensures comprehensive guidance that takes into account the complexities involved in addressing both immigration and criminal aspects of your case.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Consulting with an attorney before submitting your biometrics for a green card renewal, especially when you're on probation for a criminal offense like 4th degree theft, is advisable. The process of renewing a green card can become more complicated if you have a criminal record, and an attorney can guide you on how this might impact your renewal process.

An experienced immigration attorney can review the specifics of your case, including your criminal record, and advise you on the potential implications for your green card renewal. They can also help in preparing any necessary documentation or explanations that may be required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

It's important to have a clear understanding of your legal situation and any potential risks before you proceed with the biometrics appointment and further steps in the renewal process. Early consultation can help in addressing any issues proactively, rather than reacting to complications that might arise after your biometrics have been submitted.

Remember, each immigration case is unique and the advice you receive should be tailored to your specific circumstances. An attorney can provide you with personalized guidance to navigate the renewal process as smoothly as possible.

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