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Can a citation stop a 14 year old child getting a green card?

San Francisco, CA |

Child on non immigrant L2 visa, gets a citation from school police officer for him and group of peers playing with fire crackers. Can this stop this child getting a green card to this citation being Juvenile delinquency record. Other than this totally clean record in the US and abroad.

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    It should not, but must be disclosed on the I-485 and whenever ready to file it, give the certified criminal disposition to the attorney working on the case for final advice

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  2. unlikely, but speak to an attorney in your state in person. good luck!

  3. very unlikely but do not fail to disclose on green card application (I-485).

  4. It really depends on the exact code of how the case was disposed of but it sounds like it will not stop his green card. He will need a certified disposition and he must disclose it on his adjustment application. I would urge you to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to review the citation and disposition before filing.

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  5. I agree with my colleagues. Discuss your case with a competent immigration attorney.

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