There are a lot of misunderstandings and myths about the U.S. immigration system out there. When you do not know the facts, you cannot make smart choices about immigrating to this country and maintaining or changing your immigration status.
Here are three common myths in the Nashville area about immigration and the facts.
If you have a job, you can get a green card no problem
Having a job is a key part of qualifying for permanent resident status (a green card). But just because you have a job, it does not mean you can get a green card right away. It is still a long and complicated process that usually takes years.
The quiz on the U.S. citizenship test is always the same
The questions change from test to test. There is no way to know ahead of time what you will be asked, so you can’t memorize the answers ahead of time or buy them from someone else. But there are online tests you can take that give you some idea of what to expect and other ways to prepare.
If you’re arrested, you will definitely be deported
It is possible that immigration authorities will seek to deport you if you are convicted of a crime of “moral turpitude.” There is no exact definition of this term, but it tends to include violent crimes and fraud crimes, as well as drinking and driving. However, you and your attorney may be able to convince the immigration court that the crime you were convicted of did not involve moral turpitude.