Asked in Criminal Law and Immigration Law for New Jersey

Q: I was arrested for shoplifting in 2018 , on F1

In 2018 I was arrested in NJ for shoplifting, the charges when then lower down to a disorderly person offense and later dismissed entirely . I was on my F1 that time. I got my visa approved in 2020 and I am planning to get it stampped . I have my certified disposition stating the dismissal and the expungement? Am I inadmissible ? Will my visa be denied?

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Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL

A: Your criminal case was dismissed, thus, as long as you present the evidence of its dismissal and have not pled to a crime of moral turpitude, your visa should be approved in my professional opinion.

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