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I am married to a US citizen and he wants to petition for me and my children for permanent residence. He went to jail years ago for drugs and weapons possession. However when I met him he was the model citizen which he still is after one year of marriage. My question is if that will affect the process of obtaining a greencard.

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Hi,

Since you are the person being sponsored, and since you personally do not have a criminal record, there is no problem in your being sponsored. The only issue will be whether your husband can support you and your children financially. Since he does not appear to be currently in prison, his income should be at or above the poverty guidelines: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-864p.pdf

Moreover, even if your husband cannot financially support the family, another individual can independently provide an affidavit of support (USCIS Form I-864) for you and the children, or if you are employed you can add your income to your husband's income on this form: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-864a.pdf

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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