“I’m charged with a crime… and I’m not a U.S. citizen.”
Scott Mossman works with criminal defense attorneys and public defenders to protect against immigration harm. And, unlike most immigration lawyers, he does it on a weekly basis. Show More
Immigration attorney Scott Mossman is under contract to provide expert advice to more than a dozen criminal defense attorneys. Several more routinely work with him when they have a noncitizen client. These attorneys know Scott has real-world experience coming up with immigration-safe deals that work for both the prosecution and defense. He also advises noncitizen defendants on the practical consequences of the arrest or conviction, including answering questions about visa renewals and naturalization. These are services you can't get from a reference book or crimmigration chart.
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“Can I travel or renew my visa with this arrest?”
This is a common question—and for good reason. A noncitizen is never more vulnerable than when he or she is outside the U.S. trying to get back in. Show More
A major part of immigration attorney Scott Mossman's law practice consists of representing nonimmigrant visa holders who need to travel abroad with a criminal history. He prepares them to address inadmissibility issues, regardless of whether they still have a valid visa or need to renew or change a visa. His representation includes help with completing the DS-160, an attorney letter with supporting documentation to establish legal eligibility for a visa and admission, and preparation for the all-important visa interview and inspection at the port of entry. He also represents permanent residents who need to travel with a conviction.
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“I’d like to apply for citizenship, but I have a little problem.”
Find out if your problem is big or little. Either way, immigration lawyer Scott Mossman will fight for you if you choose to apply for naturalization. Show More
We specialize in difficult naturalization cases before the San Francisco and San Jose USCIS Field Offices. Scott Mossman has represented applicants with arrests or convictions for DUI, domestic violence, theft, and various other criminal charges. He also represents applicants with other potential good moral character issues, such as being late on taxes or child support, or mistakenly registering to vote. Failing to register for the U.S. Selective Service (the military draft) is another common issue for men. Scott can also assess whether an old immigration problem disqualifies an immigrant from naturalizing. One example of that is providing information on a visa or immigration form that is false or incomplete.
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“I’m undocumented. Can you help me fix my status?”
Did you enter the U.S. illegally or overstay your visa? Were you brought to the U.S. by unknown means as a child? We welcome these cases. Show More
Some attorneys prefer to focus on routine marriage cases for clients who came recently on a visa. Sure, we take those too. More often, though, our clients have been undocumented for many years. Either they overstayed their visa 5, 10, or even 20 years ago or they entered the U.S. without having a visa in the first place. Scott Mossman offers an in-depth evaluation to find out if they have any options. Sometimes there is a way to obtain immigration status that the person was not even aware of. Visa overstays may qualify for adjustment through a citizen spouse, parent, son, or daughter. A few immigrants still qualify for special-rule INA 245(i) adjustment of status through other types of family relationships. Others can apply for an immigrant visa after obtaining a provisional waiver of inadmissibility (I-601A). Finally, being the cooperating victim of a serious crime may also provide a means of obtaining status.
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