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I-130 Petitioner’s Criminal Record & How It Affects Your Case

CR-1 SPOUSE VISA / CRIMINAL RECORD

In America, a criminal conviction not only makes it hard to find employment and housing, but it can affect immigration. Not surprisingly, USCIS looks very closely at the types of felony convictions a US citizen has before granting immigration benefits. Why? Because if you have committed a serious offense against a minor, they won’t allow you to bring someone to the US that may become a victim.

Being convicted of other crimes such as assault, theft, drug trafficking shouldn’t affect your ability to petition a family member. As long as you have served your penalty and are not currently wanted by authorities, your case should be straightforward.

USCIS runs a standard background check on both the petitioner (US citizen/LPR) and the beneficiary (foreign spouse). The results of the background check determine your eligibility for a US visa for your spouse.

What Convictions Must The US Citizen Disclose?

If you’re even thinking about not disclosing your criminal history to USCIS, think again! They will find out one way or another. If you’re unsure what’s in your criminal record, you should go to your local police station and request a copy. This will help you assess what information might hurt your case.

Convictions related to crimes against children will need to be disclosed. Below, I’ll discuss the Adam Walsh Act and how immigration authorities make decisions on who will need a waiver before a visa is approved.

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Detroit Office

6 Parklane Boulevard., Suite 104 Dearborn, MI 48126​

1 (313) 752-1064

Los Angeles Office

111 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 400 Long Beach, CA 90802​

1 (562) 275-3233​

Cleveland Office

25125 Detroit Rd. Unit 140 Westlake, OH 44145​

(216) 230-6667​

Grand Rapids Office

250 Monroe Avenue Northwest #400 Grand Rapids, MI 49503​

(616) 888-6598​