I was given a citation for petty theft at a department store in California in 2009 (being stopped by a private security guard and released with a citation for theft with a court date). Therefore, I hired a lawyer, successfully completed pretrial diversion program and all the charges were dismissed in 2010. I am not American citizen, I have student visa and attend school here. I do not have any criminal record what so ever, neither in USA nor in my home country. It was my first offense and have been in good behavior since then.
My question is, I got married to my husband last year, he is US citizen and we plan to apply for a Green Card for me. Would this situation effect on my eligibility to Adjust to Legal Permanent Resident Status through marriage?Should I disclose it on green card paper?
I have a bit of unpleasant news for you. You do have a criminal record stating that your charges in 2009 were dismissed due to completed Diversion Program.
In your case, each such matter must be disclosed during I-130 AOS based on your marriage to a US Citizen, however, please note that such admission of a crime of moral turpitude will be considered by the USCIS at the time of the interview.
Also, a certified case disposition in this matter must be obtained beforehand the interview.
I suggest to find a good immigration attorney in San Francisco to complete your AOS without potential adverse effect on your AOS.
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It will not make you inadmissible but you must disclose. Make sure you obtain certified copies of the record.
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The I-485 form will ask if you have ever been arrested. You will need to tell the truth. Get a lawyer to help prepare a memo to attach to the form.
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