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Immigration meaning of CIMT

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It's complicated.

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(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.


Generally, crimes that are morally wrong such as theft, etc...


There is no list. It is complicated even for immigration lawyers to know and we make arguments to the judge about whether or not something is a CIMT or not every day. Very basically, is a person who committed this crime of bad moral character because he did?

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Here is an article on some CIMT offenses, however the list is not complete. Pleas use it as a general information:
For more elaborate and in depth analysis speak with an immigration attorney in Florida.

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CIMT usually means a crime involving deceit or some type of intentional bad conduct. That being said, the others who answered absolutely 100% right when they say "it's complicated.". There is no set answere on what it is, there a many different court decisions that conflict with each other on this topic. Some of the cases apply in Florida (the 11th Circuit) and some don't. For example, leaving the scene of an auto accident with bodily injuries is considered a CIMT in some places, but not others. If you are accused of a crime and thinking of pleading out, then you definitely need assistance of a good criminal attorney and an immigration attorney, both of whom should have experience with these issues. If you already pleaded guilty to a CIMT, then you may qualify to re-open your case pursuant to a case called Padilla.

Regarding crimes that affect immigration status, there are several areas to watch out for, they are: CIMT, aggravated felonies, multiple criminal convictions, and drug crimes.

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