Q: Am I able to travel outside the US with a sealed record from when I was under 18?
I have a sealed record from when I was under 18 and I am planning to travel to India for 2-3 months. This was originally a felony but got reduced to a misdemeanor and later sealed.
Also, Would I have to check the boxes that state criminal records? Because it is a sealed record?
A: In general, if your criminal record has been sealed, it means that it is not accessible to the public, and it should not be considered when applying for most jobs, housing, or other opportunities. However, when it comes to international travel, the rules can be more complicated. It is possible that the sealed record could still be accessible to government agencies, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The rules regarding disclosure of criminal records can vary depending on the specific situation and the country being visited. In general, if you are traveling to another country, you may be required to disclose any criminal history, even if the record is sealed or expunged. It is important to research the entry requirements of the country you are traveling to and consult with an attorney if you are unsure about what is required.
In regards to travel outside the United States, as a green card holder, you may need to show your criminal record to the border authorities upon re-entry. While the record may be sealed, it may still be taken into consideration by immigration officials in determining your admissibility to the United States. It is important to consult with an immigration attorney to determine the specific implications of your criminal record on your ability to travel and your immigration status.
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