Immigration history, jobs, travel, family, and arrests can all affect whether you can enter the U.S. or remain here.
Myth: An old criminal conviction, or one that got “dismissed” after probation, doesn’t count.
DHS access to current and past criminal arrests is comprehensive. A “conviction” includes deferred adjudication dismissals. When seeking any immigration benefit, criminal matters pose a risk for all non-citizens, including “green card” holders.
Federal regulation requires the applicant prove benefit entitlement. A properly completed immigration form remains legally insufficient without supporting evidence.
Fact: The government is not your advocate.