One of the questions I get asked a lot is whether a person will get deported for an arrest or crime conviction. This is a normal concern and I would be scared too. Whether or not you’re going to be deported for a criminal conviction is going to depend on the conviction. Immigration has a broad range of crimes that make you removable from the United States. Even if it’s a misdemeanor under criminal law, that doesn’t mean it’s a minor offence for immigration law. Generally, drug offences are going to always make you removable from the United States, except in the case of a small amount of marijuana if you are in the United States. Anything else, such as a theft offense, a fraud offense, or a violent felony can make you removable from the United States.

 Just because a criminal lawyer says something was dismissed, may not be true for immigration law.

Often time a lawful permanent resident will make the mistake that a plea agreement for time served, probation or conditional discharge is not a conviction, but it is for immigration purposes.  Just because a criminal lawyer says something was dismissed, may not be true for immigration law just because under criminal law it wasn’t a big penalty. If you didn’t go to jail and only did probation, that does not mean it’s not serious for immigration law. It’s very important to understand the criminal conviction and bring that to an immigration lawyer with all of your documentation to discuss it thoroughly and make sure you understand the consequences of that criminal conviction.  This can affect your chance of  applying for citizenship, if you decide to travel outside the country or even apply to renew your green card.

It is very important that your criminal lawyer tells you the immigration consequences or you speak with an immigration lawyer.

Most importantly, if you are dealing with a criminal case currently and have pending charges, it is very important that your criminal lawyer tells you the immigration consequences or you speak with an immigration lawyer. This required under criminal law now that a criminal lawyer makes certain that you understand the immigration consequences.

If you are in this situation and you would like to discuss the specifics of your case, please call our office to schedule a consultation via Skype or telephone. Because immigration is federal law, I can help you anywhere you live. We have clients in other countries, like Kuwait, Germany and throughout the U.S. whom we have never met in person and still help them get to their goal.

I am the owner and founder of Dahlia R Castillo Law Firm: A Virtual Immigration Law Office. My goal was to create an alternative way of providing immigration service at the convenience of the clients anytime and from anywhere by using bank grade technology. 

Virtual Immigration Attorney: You Don’t Have to Give Up Time To See A Lawyer

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What is a Virtual Immigration Law Office?

A Virtual Immigration Law Office (VILO) is an online law office that operates from the lawyer’s home or satellite office by providing a secure environment to clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. VILOs provide an incredibly convenient way to take care of legal needs online while you work.

The VILO is NOT a DOCUMENT SERVICE that just provides pre-printed forms.

The VILO is NOT a DOCUMENT SERVICE that just provides pre-printed forms. I PERFORM much of the SAME tasks of traditional immigration law Office. I PREPARE ALL my clients for their USCIS interviews and consular interviews via Skype. I even attend the USCIS interviews with my clients if they need me.

Our legal fees are fixed, which means that they will not increase after you sign the fee agreement. Since every immigration case is unique, all clients are provided with an individualized attorney fee quote for services before we undertake your specific case.

4 Easy Steps:

How Does The Virtual Immigration Law Office Work?

SET UP A CONSULTATION: Sign-up and Pay for a consultation on-line or over the phone with a licensed attorney regarding your legal needs in a secure online website. You can speak to the attorney while on a lunch break or in your pajamas.
FEE AGREEMENTA fee agreement and attorney fee quote based on your specific circumstance will be emailed to you. You can email, fax, or mail the signed agreement and pay. Payment Plans available if you qualify.
VILO ACCOUNT CREATED: A VILO account is created and you receive your log-in credentials the attorney fee online or over the phone.
GET TO WORK: Welcome to your VILO! Now you can complete a questionnaire and upload the required supporting documents using your personal log-in credential. Documents requiring original signatures will be mailed to a P.O. Box.

Morale of the story….?

We can HANDLE your IMMIGRATION case whether you live in LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK or ANYWHERE in the UNITED STATES.

You do not have to take off time to meet with an attorney. No need to take off work, travel to a law office or wait to meet with an attorney.  You can use the VILO anywhere. You receive the same level of representation from a licensed attorney from the comfort of your home.
The VILO provide affordable immigration services in all areas of immigration law, including, but not limited to permanent resident green card, 601 A Waiver, K-1 Visa/Fiancee visa, US Citizenship and Naturalization law. Free initial immigration consultation by telephone or email are available to determine if you have immigration options.  The end!


Many people are shocked to learn that military service members and their families have immigration issues just like any other person. The immigration system is complex and impacts military service members and their families just like everyone else. However, there are special laws, regulations and policies that provide favorable treatment for military service members, veterans and their families. In addition to expedited citizenship, we now have “parole in place.” 



On November 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) outlined in a policy memo, how parole in place may help immediate family members of U.S. service members gain permanent residency (“green cards”). This initiative is designed to assist military members whose immediate family members are present in the U.S. without having first been properly admitted by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. This policy provides a way for these close family members to obtain a green card and eases the stress of the military family during the process.

Generally, immigrants who are in the United States must have been properly admitted by Customs and Border Patrol in order to be able to apply for a green card. If not properly admitted, an immigrant must first apply for a waiver and obtain their green card outside the United States. By exiting the United States after living in the country without authorization, immigrants are subject to a possible three or ten year penalty bar before they may return to the United States. Immigration law provides waivers in limited circumstances to forgive this three or ten year bar penalty. Parole in place serves to replace a valid admission to the United States allowing the immigrant to apply for a green card without exiting the country. The immigrant is thereby able to avoid triggering the three or ten year bar because no exit of the United States is necessary under this policy.




The following requirements must be met for a family member of a U.S. service member to qualify for parole in place.

  • The immigrant must be an “immediate relative” of a U.S. citizen (spouse, parent, or unmarried child under the age of 21);
  • The U.S. citizen must be a member of the military (active duty, current member of reserves, veteran);
  • The immigrant must be physically present in the United States;
  • The immigrant must have entered the United States without inspection or admission;
  • The immigration must have no serious criminal or other adverse factors present in his or her history.

The USCIS policy outlined in November states that absent a criminal or other serious adverse factor, parole in place would generally be granted to military family members. If USCIS grants an immigrant parole in place, the immigrant may apply for a visa and green card while remaining in the United States. The U.S. service member and the immigrant may then have an interview with USCIS before a green card is issued.

If you are a service member or immediate relative of a service member who is interested in parole in place, it is important that you review your case with an experienced immigration attorney before you begin. The attorney can help you determine eligibility and whether any other immigration issues are present.




Contact us today to schedule a consultation with attorney Castillo in person, over the telephone, or via webcam on Skype or Google Hangouts.