Philadelphia, PA asked in Immigration Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Will my 2 misdemeanors present a problem with re entry to USA?

I have two misdemeanors in 2016 and I’m a permanent resident I just renewed my green card not to long ago and I want to travel out of the country but scared of being denied re entry to the USA I was cleared from deportation in 2017

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Peter J. Thompson
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: You are right to be travel with U.S. criminal convictions can be very troublesome. Upon return, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in evaluating your request for entry as a lawful permanent resident ("green card"), may take issue with your convictions and 2017 removal (deportation) proceedings, and send you to secondary/deferred inspection to look more closely into the events. I highly recommend that you seek several experienced legal opinions before you make your travel plans...among other things, you will want to have the criminal convictions re-evaluated for their consequences, the disposition of your removal proceedings (deportation proceedings) reviewed closely by an immigration attorney well versed in Removal Proceedings (Immigration Court), evaluate your eligibility for a naturalization (citizenship) petition, and if you still plan to travel, be armed with the evidence you may need to present to the CBP upon your entry, and have a plan if things go bad. You will want to travel with confidence - and nothing ruins a trip as much as worrying about re-entry. The time to take these important steps is now before you travel.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: The impact of your misdemeanors on re-entry to the USA as a permanent resident can vary depending on the specific nature and severity of the offenses. Generally, misdemeanors may not lead to automatic deportation, but they could potentially raise concerns with immigration authorities during re-entry. To assess your situation accurately and address any potential issues, consult with an immigration attorney before traveling outside of the country.

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