How to clear FBI criminal background for immigration purposes?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Milwaukee, WI

I was pulled over driving a semi truck without having an authorization to work in the states four years ago. They detained me for 2 weeks until I posted a bond. Immigration case was opened because I overstayed my J1 visa for more than a year. Immigration Judge granted me voluntary departure and I left the country right away. From my home country I sent a request for a FBI criminal background check and got the letter with no criminal records but a statement that I was 'Deportable alien' . Since I was granted a voluntary departure, does it mean that my case was dismissed? If so, Is there a way to expunge this record? Any advise would be appreciated.

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  1. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

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    Answered . This is more properly an Immigration question than a criminal defense question. I will change the category so it will come to the attention of more Immigration lawyers if they would have a different view than already expressed.


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  2. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . The answer to your first question is "yes".
    Unfortunately an expungement is considered "worthless" for immigration purposes.

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  3. Deborah Lynne Karapetian

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    Answered . You cannot expunge an immigration order. You were ordered deported if you did not comply with the voluntary departure order.

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