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Expunged misdemeanor for Immigration Criminal Records, Expungement

Discussion in 'Criminal Records, Expungement' started by folfriend2003, Jan 19, 2004.

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  1. folfriend2003

    folfriend2003 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    If a misdemeanor has been expunged in the court and public record, what impact does it have on someone trying to apply
    for citizenship?
     
  2. Michael Wechsler

    Michael Wechsler Administrator Staff Member

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    With regard to an expungement, my understanding is that it is as though the crime did not happen. However, there are exceptions. I believe that there is a federal exception regarding expungement orders concerning the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Aliens applying for entry into the United States or seeking citizenship are required to divulge arrests and convictions, even if they have been expunged.
     
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    curiousmist New Member

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    expunging the record

    What does it mean exactly to 'expunge' one's record?
    Is this possible in all US states?
    Does a dismissal of a case of a person who pleaded not quilty and never got convicted of the crime that it was charged with automatically imply that her/his record would be expunged?

    In general, how is such a case seen in the eyes of the US immigration service?

    Thank you in advance.
     

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