First ... Go Noles!!
I'm not an immigration attorney and I'd suggest you should consult one. Hopefully one of my colleagues that specializes in immigration will help us with an answer.
That said. I believe you'd qualify. Good luck.
I agree. You should qualify if you weren't convicted. Obtain a copy of the final disposition from the court and see an immigration lawyer!
Most likely you will qualify but it is always important to work with an attorney, particularly when there are criminal issues.
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The policy, as outlined by the President, is not a law. It is simply a set of enforcement guidelines that ICE and related agencies will operate under for the next seven months or four years and seven months depending on the outcome of the next election. I would not bank on the long term efficacy of the policy pronounced by the President because it is in direct contradiction to Federal Immigration Law. I would contact an immigration attorney and attempt to get your immigration status straightened out right away. If there is a change in administration this safe harbor policy may disappear (as it should, not because it is the wrong policy, but because it is being enacted in contravention to the established statutory law).
Bottom line is to contact a local immigration attorney. In Tallahassee I recommed that you contact the Law Office of Adam Ruiz or the Law Office of Aisha Chaney. Both of those attorneys do excellent immigration work.
Its too early to know exactly for sure. According to what we know, you should be in good shape.
Here's a video on the announcement that will explain the goals and qualifications for you.
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First, it may depend on why the charges were dropped. In the event that the reason for the dropped charges is considered an admission of guilt then it may depend on whether a petty offense exception applies.
Once the policy becomes practice I do suggest you consult with an experienced immigration attorney who also knows criminal defense.