yes but you will need a waiver for CIMT, or just the conviction. not all shoplifting offenses are petty crimes. shoplifting can lead to aggravated felony findings under the immigration law.
You cannot conclude that it is a petty offense exception unless you were told so by an immigration attorney or someone else who regularly analyzes immigration law. You should hire an attorney.
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Yes, but you should be certain that your conviction fits within the "one petty offense" exception.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) 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.
There are no guarantees as far as visas go.
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