A pure dismissal will not disqualify you from permanent residency. The problem is that many "dismissals" are viewed by DHS as convictions in disguised. For example, if you pled guilty and were on probation for a while or even paid court costs, and then later your case was dismissed, this could be considered a convicton by DHS ahd may bar you from permanent residency. On the other hand, if there was no plea of guilty or no contest, no fines, court costs, probation or penalty of any sort, then this will not count against you for permanent residency purposes. Naturally I agree with the others that for a serious matter like this you must obtain your complain court file and an arrest record and bring it to an attorney for review "just to be sure".
you WILL have to explain this when you immigrate and that means providing all the reports and documents. go see an immigration specialist such as adan vega or bruce coane in houston. i have know them for over thirty years and they are the best
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I agree with my my colleague. A complete copy of the arrest record and any court proceedings will be required. It is likely that you will have to explain the totality of the circumstances that led to your arrest, whether you adjust status here or at the Consulate.
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I agree with my colleagues ... get a complete copy of your criminal file and meet with an immigration attorney before you file any forms.
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