In this Immigration Explained video we meet Attorney Richard Drucker and he discusses how a criminal record might impact your immigration process.
If I have been convicted of a crime in my country can I obtain a Visa or Green Card for the United States?
Depends on the type of crime. Minor crime, then no you can still obtain a Green Card. A crime that is a felony, involving drugs or you served over 1 year in prison, then no you are likely not able to obtain.
If I have been convicted of a crime in the U.S. can, I still get a Green Card?
Again, depends on crime. Petty offensives are not normally a barrier to obtain your Green Card.
Are there any types of criminal convictions that I cannot receive a green card?
If you commit a moral turpitude within 5 years you can be put in deportation proceedings or commit 1 aggravated felony.
How would having a Drunk Driving Conviction (DUI) impact my ability to become a legal permanent resident or a US Citizen?
An OVI conviction is not considered a criminal conviction it is a driving conviction. It should not impact your status of becoming a US Citizen.
Is there a way to have the crime removed from my record?
Most states have a way to expunge your record and have them sealed.