If it pings up on the post 9/11 enhanced background, she'll get into trouble for trying to lie. Have her request certified copies of the arrest report , charging document and final disposition. If the court does not retain those reqords, then, a statement from the clerk of court to that effect. Take those documents to an immigration attorney and ask them. You would be surprised at how many long time LPR's are getting hit returning from a trip out of the country or renewing their green card from ancient criminal records like that.
This is a general answer only and does not imply that I am your attorney giving advice with full knowledge of all the particulars of your case or that there is any attorney client relationship. I strongly urge you to retain experienced legal counsel who can better advise you once they have reviewed all your documentation and are fully apprised of the details of your case. Rebecca Black Immigration 5800 Beach Blvd. Ste 203-176 Jacksonville, FL 32207 904-999-4928 Tel & Fax
If you take a close look at the N400 questions on good moral character, you'll notice that the word "ever" is in bold type. If an applicant has ever been arrested, cited, detained, convicted, etc., then the information must be disclosed on the N400. This is not optional and failure to list everything will likely result in a denial based on lack of good moral character related to the failure to disclose everything. Depending on the specific facts of her case, it can also lead to deportation proceedings.
You may want to recommend that your relative discuss her case with an immigration lawyer before filing anything with the government. She should not rely on the advice of a "friend."
Whenever someone has any involvement with law enforcement, it is very important that they consult with an immigration lawyer before applying for citizenship. Even "minor" offenses can have devastating immigration consequences. She should not file her application until a lawyer has the opportunity to review her court records to verify that she is not deportable.
(703) 424-2979. Virginia Immigration Lawyer - Helping Future Americans Become Citizens
My colleagues are correct.
Guerra Saenz, PL--Immigration Attorneys (954) 434-5800. This answer is of a general nature and should not be relied upon as final, nor is it intended as legal advice.