I suggest that you re-post your question in the "Criminal Defense" Practice Area.
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The arrest can be immediately expunged. That normally works for employment but may not work for immigration. Go to a State website on expungements and they will have the papers and instruction. The filing fees and mailing costs come to less that $200. But if you miss a data base or and item it was wasted effort. An attorney familiar with the process makes sense.
You may expunge it immediately. You must still mention it on most immigration applications. Do not do any immigration yourself with a record.
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You should consult a criminal defense attorney (or an attorney experience in the area). The filing fee for the application is $52.50 and then there are numerous agencies which have to be given notice of the application which has to be done via certified mail return receipt requested. This costs about $7.00 per agency. If you try to do it yourself (not recommended), there is a pro se expungement package available via the Court's website.
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