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.
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.
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:
You may be able to obtain a waiver if your inadmissibility is due to:
In order to be granted a waiver of inadmissibility in any of the above situations, you will need to demonstrate that you no longer pose a threat to public safety.
Restrictions - A waiver of inadmissibility on criminal grounds will not be granted in cases involving:
If a past crime is affecting your chance to become a lawful permanent resident of the US, consult a Chicago immigration lawyer. Call Mevorah Law Offices LLC at 630-932-9100.
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