How does my DUI affect my Green Card petition

Asked almost 2 years ago - Lake Orion, MI

I had a DUI in '09. I went for my immigration interview yesterday. the immigration officer stated that i should expect my card or a letter for more information in 14days pending a background check. I gave them the disposition from the court. Is this a good sign or not? I thought they'd have done these background checks already

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  1. Marc Anthony Topoleski


    Contributor Level 9

    Answered . If it is a single, straightforward DUI, you should be fine. If your application is not approved or they request additional information, it would be wise to speak with a local immigration attorney with experience with your local USCIS District Office.

  2. Justin G. Randolph

    Contributor Level 16


    Lawyer agrees


    Answered . You should be fine if it was a simple DUI but if you get anything but an approval not hire an attorney.

    My answering this question does not form an attorney-client relationship. Always retain a qualified attorney... more
  3. Edgar J. Reynoso


    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . You should indeed seek local counsel. I agree with my colleagues.

    Good luck.

  4. Theodore John Murphy


    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . The interviewer may need a supervisor to review the application simply because you have a conviction. While a DUI conviction is not typically a deportable offense, your application could be denied as a matter of discretion because of the DUI.

    Right now you should not worry. Be patient for a few weeks.

    The answer provided here is general in nature and does not take into account other factors that may need to be... more

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