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How criminal conviction impacts immigration

On Behalf of | May 26, 2022 | Immigration

Immigrating to the US is a complex process. For applicants in Texas, there are multiple key factors to keep in mind. One of the most important is any history of a criminal conviction. That can be a major obstacle to getting approved for a green card.

Convictions and green cards

Not all criminal convictions will affect an application for immigration. Generally, it is a problem if the crime rose to the level of a felony. Even within felonies, there are different types, some of which will cause an issue and some of which may not. There are three specific felony types that will be the most problematic.

The first type is an aggravated felony. Aggravated felonies are a specific list of crimes that are considered especially bad, such as murder, money laundering, crimes against children, drug or human trafficking. Any of these is disqualifying for admission to the US. The second type of felony is a crime of moral turpitude. This is a subjective measure that characterizes crimes based on whether they have “evil intent”. Determining this is up to the court system, but it can be added to crimes like murder or fraud. The last category is crimes involving drugs. Any crime where more than 30 grams of the banned substance are involved will be disqualifying.

It is possible to obtain a waiver in some cases that will help with admission to the US even for those who have a criminal conviction that would otherwise be a problem. Not all convictions can be managed with waivers, and it is an uncertain and long process that may be able to provide access to those who would otherwise be inadmissible.