• Criminal Backgrounds and the Immigration Consequences
  • November 26, 2013
  • Law Firm: Cynthia I. Waisman P.A. - Clearwater Office
  • When clients have criminal backgrounds it is imperative to review the pertinent documents to determine whether the crime, no matter how long ago, or how minute, may impact immigration procedures. In other words, where a person has a criminal activity many years, ago, he or she may not be eligible for lawful permanent resident status. Without properly reviewing the individual's criminal background it is impossible to determine whether filing an immigration application of some type may trigger removal/deportation proceedings. Moreover, a criminal act may preclude a person with a greencard from obtaining citizenship, and can also cause that person to be placed in deportation/removal proceedings if such crime is a violation of the immigration laws. This is true no matter how old or how minor the crime is, and even wher e the case is dismissed, sealed, or expunged.