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PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Also, keep in mind that this is an INTERNET BLOG. You should not rely on anything you read here to make decisions which impact on your life. Meet with an attorney, via Skype, or in person, to obtain competent personal and professional guidance.
Whenever there is any contact with law enforcement, as far as immigration filings go, seek competent legal advise so they can confirm whether it was a detention, arrest, etc. Also detailed facts should be discussed with the attorney. All this goes to your moral character determination. Though the statutory period is 5 years, immigration officers can ask questions beyond the period and make a determination based on any past event.
This response is general in nature and cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known. Any comments offered on Avvo are of a general nature only, and are not meant to create an attorney-client relationship. If you would like additional information based on this response, please contact my office at 510 657 7665 to schedule a consultation.