Your Immigration Nightmares End Here
Welcome to the website of The Law office of Michael Ewetuga, based in Tacoma, WA. Our goal is to work
tirelessly, leaving no stone unturned, to find the appropriate immigration benefits for our clients.
We will work with you on issues dealing with immigration, emigration, visas, green cards, political asylum,
and other important immigration and naturalization issues.
The standard immigration laws are very complex and difficult for a person to understand. We will explain in
detail to you all of the immigration information that suits your case. We will translate immigration law and
policy, and interpret these laws and policies to better your case.
Deportation of immigrants and other individuals may result as a consequence for entering the United States
illegally. You can also be deported if you are not a citizen and have committed a serious crime.
We will take a careful look at your situation and if a defense exists for your situation we will find it and pursue it
vigorously to ensure that you are not unceremoniously deported.
Immigration bonds are similar to state and federal bonds in the respect that they are designed to guarantee
the appearance of the individual to all court proceedings and bonds posted for immigration charges are also
subject to immediate forfeiture should the arrested individual not appear in court. But they are also different in
several ways, as described below.
Unlike state and federal bonds, the only release options for INS detainees are: 1) cash bond paid directly to
the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or 2) surety bond through a bail bondsman licensed to
handle immigration bonds.
If you have been offered bail which you cannot make because it is too high, we can apply to the court for a
downward review of the bail.
Individuals who apply for citizenship thinking that as long as the forms are filled out correctly everything should
go smoothly could be in for a surprise. There are a number of criteria that must be met before an individual
even attempts to achieve citizenship, and even once those are met, there are number of reasons citizenship
can be denied.
Qualifying for Citizenship
To be eligible for citizenship an individual must:
Be 18 or older
Have been a resident for 5 years, or married to a resident for 3
Have lived in the state where the request for citizenship was filed for at least 3 months
Have been in the US since the petition was filed
Physically present in the United States for half of the 5 or 3 year residency
Have good moral character
Grounds for Denial of Citizenship
The inability to speak English is a common reason citizenship is denied. There are exceptions-a 20-year
resident who is 50 years of age or older, or a 15-year resident who is 55 years of age or older, can gain
citizenship without the ability to speak English. They're tested in their native language. Additionally, those with
the inability to learn English for medical reasons can gain citizenship if they present a medical waiver.
The other most common grounds for denial of citizenship is lack of good moral character. This denial usually
comes when the individual applying for citizenship or naturalization has a minor criminal record. If the
individual is on probation at the time, for instance, or if a crime has ever been committed by the individual that
involves "moral turpitude" the application will most likely be denied.
When the denial of citizenship is based on lack of moral character, sometimes the application can be
reconsidered with no extra fees required. Applicants who have committed certain serious crimes cannot have
their applications reconsidered for at least 3 to 5 years, while some crimes will prevent citizenship for life,
depending on their severity. Those who have been convicted of an aggravated felony, for instance, will often be
denied citizenship permanently.
But those who are denied based on lack of good moral character because of minor crimes can re-file for
another chance at gaining citizenship. Because moral character must be decided on a case by case basis, it's
not an exact science. The evidence considered will include the number of convictions, the seriousness of the
crime or crimes, any and all crimes committed, and the time frame of the criminal activity. These are weighed
against factors work history, volunteer and community involvement, history of supporting a family and children,
any letters of reference, and evidence of rehabilitation since the crimes were committed.
Immigration Law is federal, this enables us to provide immigration services to people, not only in our
immediate locality but throughout the United States and everywhere in the world.
The Law Office Of Michael Ewetuga
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