I have had a run in with the law in regard to a possesssion charge (misdemeanor) which was expunged using pretrial intervention. I have been in the country for the past 15 years. Which process in your opinion should i employ?
You should obtain all documentation of your criminal proceedings and have an immigration lawyer review these to give you an opinion on what, if any, immigration implications there are. You may have to wait to file for naturalization if you have a conviction within 5 years before the application.
Expungement does not matter for purposes of immigration law. First, you may want to obtain a copy of your FBI record to see what comes up. Second, you should decide whether you qualify for naturalization apart from the inadmissibility/deportability issue. Third, you are an LPR whether or not you have a physical green card (you do not lose your LPR status even if your actual green card expires). Good luck.
You should consult with an immigration lawyer to review the dates of your residence and the details of the PTI. Citizenship is always a better option if you can meet the requirements. You must be have a certified disposition or your citizenship will be denied. Since you expunged the records, it could be very tricky to get a certified disposition or other sufficient record if you do not already have one. You are going to need a lawyer's help. It's better to get one now than to waste a lot of time and possibly a lot of money trying to do this on your own.
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