By Melissa Desvarieux and Shannon LaGuerre
New York Immigration Attorneys, The Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein
Question: What are some factors that are considered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in granting an individual immigration status?
Desvarieux & LaGuerre: Moral character is an important factor, history of arrests/ absence or presence of a criminal record/history, hardship to other family members who are United States Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents.
Question: What is the purpose of the Diversity (DV) Lottery Program?
Desvarieux & LaGuerre: The purpose is supposedly to encourage diversity. It’s meant to encourage talented high school/high school equivalent students and those who have at least two years professional experience or trade experience to come to the U.S. and obtain a green card. It’s also a way to grant visas to citizens of countries with low admission into the U.S.
Question: What is the basis for being deported? What are the consequences of deportation?
Desvarieux & LaGuerre: You’re deemed undesirable in the U.S. The consequence is that you cannot stay in the U.S. and cannot legally work or get benefits, If you’re actually physically deported, the consequence is that you cannot legally return for 10 years absent a waiver.
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