On December 13, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the section of its policy manual dealing with “unlawful acts” that can prevent the agency from finding that an applicant has the required good moral character to be approved for naturalization.
The new guidance states that an “act is unlawful if it violates the criminal or civil law of the jurisdiction where it was committed.” For an unlawful act to be used against an applicant, it does not have to be a convicted offense. It does not even need to have been charged as an offense. While there is no complete list of “unlawful acts,” the policy manual includes the following as examples:
In addition, the policy manual confirms that even where marijuana might be legal in a specific state, it is still illegal under federal law and will often cause naturalization applications and other applications to be denied. It is our strong recommendation that no noncitizen should work in the marijuana industry or produce, purchase, possess, or use marijuana.
If you have questions about the new “unlawful acts” guidance or about how marijuana laws might interact with an immigration case, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Click here to view the updated section of the policy manual.
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Effective March 25, 2020, in response to “Stay at Home” orders Joseph & Hall PC is closed to the public and is now conducting nearly all of its operations remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis through April 18th.
We continue to have a limited number of staff in our office to perform basic operations such as assembling and filing petitions, receiving and distributing mail and issuing checks. We are grateful to be in a business that is conducive to remote work and for all of your patience and support. Our lawyers and paralegals are here to answer the array of questions that continue to arise daily and will keep you informed during these rapidly changing times. We will hold telephonic or video meetings rather than in-person meetings. These meetings can be done by SKYPE or Zoom Conference call so that you can continue to interact with your legal team, face-to-face.
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