If you have a criminal record in any country, your application for immigration to the U.S. may be denied. Immigration officials will evaluate the nature of your crime(s) to determine whether or not you are legally admissible. If you are deemed inadmissible on criminal grounds, you may be able to obtain a waiver of inadmissibility. Your eligibility for a waiver will depend on several factors including the seriousness of the crime and how long ago it occurred.
Definition of Inadmissibility on Criminal Grounds
You will generally be considered inadmissible if you have been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or if you have multiple criminal convictions. Moral turpitude is broadly defined as acts involving fraud, inherently evil intent, violence against people, and distribution of controlled substances. For example, arson is a crime of moral turpitude because it involves inherently evil intent; trespassing is a crime but not one of moral turpitude.
Crimes That Do Not Require a Waiver of Inadmissibility
A conviction for a crime of moral turpitude will generally make you inadmissible. However, there are several exceptions to this rule commonly referred to as the juvenile, sentencing, and political exceptions. You do not need a waiver of inadmissibility for these crimes:...