Immigration criminal law help?

Asked over 3 years ago - Tampa, FL

Is it possible to get your criminal conviction records destroyed so immigration cant see them?

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  1. Ahmad Mohamad Yakzan

    Contributor Level 13

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    Answered . The first thing to think about is whether there was a conviction for immigration purposes. Second, if the conviction should affect your application (e.g. an aggravated assault which could be an aggravated felony and might bar you from seeking some immigration benefits). Lastly, depending on when the conviction took place, if the conviction can be vacated on constitutional grounds.

    If there were convictions on your records, I would recommend hiring an immigration attorney who will be able to help you further with your case.

    Ahmad M. Yakzan, Esq.
    9800 4th St. N. Suite 101
    St. Petersburg, FL 33702

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  2. Jeffrey Adam Devore

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . Generally speaking, the answer to your question is “no.” Your criminal history is attained pursuant to state or federal law. You cannot request that your records be destroyed. In some states it is possible to seal or expunge a conviction, but those are generally ineffective for immigration purposes.



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  3. Christian Schmidt

    Contributor Level 19

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    Answered . Convictions remain relevant for immigration purposes even if they are expunged. Only a vacated conviction does not. You should see an experienced immigration lawyer if think you have a conviction that might jeopardize your immigration status.

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