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Immigration consequences

San Francisco, CA |

When immigrants arrested for CIMT (petty theft,battery.....) and later case is dismissed or dropped at the court.
1) Is it still CIMT for immigration purposes?
2) Do You still need qualify for petty offence exception?
3) Or USCIS will look for convictions only (I mean outcome)

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Attorney answers 3


1) No.
2) No.
3) Si, correcto.

Buena suerte!

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I agree with my colleague. What counts is the actual conviction. Still prepare all the court disposition ready to show dismissal of the charge against you.


While the conviction is important, it is possible to have a dismissed charge have immigration consequences. That can happen if the charge is dismissed as part of some sort of deferral agreement. You need to talk with an immigration lawyer about this.

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