Having past criminal charges is does not automatically mean that one’s immigration application will be denied. It depends on several factors, including the charged offense, the disposition of the offense, what type of crime it was (whether it was a crime involving moral turpitude), as well as how long ago the criminal charge was.
Our immigration attorneys have helped immigration applicants with past criminal charges obtain an approvals on their applications. For applications involving past criminal charges it is best to speak with an immigration attorney to see if the previous charge is a crime that involves moral turpitude, and also the best way to deal with the prior charge(s) and/or conviction(s).
Many clients do not want to talk about previous criminal charges, but we can assure you that we are on our clients’ side and we are here to help. When disclosing a previous criminal charge or conviction, USCIS may require documentation from the court regarding the dates, charges, and disposition. Our immigration attorneys can help our clients obtain documents that they need.
It is important to note that even if you do not want to disclose previous criminal charges on your immigration application, if your examiner notes a failure to disclose, the immigration application can be denied on the basis of failure to disclose the information alone. If you have any previous criminal charges, it is best to speak with an immigration attorney prior to submitting your immigration application. For questions or help with an immigration application, contact our immigration attorneys today at (888) 988-6613.