Can You Get a Green Card with a Criminal Background?

Green card with criminal backgroundYes, no, or maybe. This is a complicated question because there are so many types of “criminal backgrounds.” In some cases, you will absolutely not be able to get a green card, for example, if you have a conviction for drug trafficking. In other cases, you may be eligible to get a green card, but with a waiver (special permission) of the criminal violation that would otherwise make you ineligible for the green card. Finally, there are some cases when the criminal background should have no impact on your case. For all types of criminal backgrounds, you will most likely need to provide certified court dockets and police reports.


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