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If My Criminal Record Was Expunged, Do I Report This on My Immigration Forms?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Many people turn to our law firm for an expungement of a criminal record because it helps people that have made a mistake regain opportunities in life.   Not all charges can be expunged and not everyone is eligable hwoever one of our attorneys here in Liberal, Kansas can answer that question for you when you call us.  If you want to expunge your criminal record or if you have already done so, a question concerning disclosure during the immigration process will arise.

If you have been convicted of a crime and had your criminal record expunged, your should always indicate that on any government forms or applications.  The reason is that government agencies still have access to your criminal record.  Expungements will not necessarily prevent the government from finding any history of criminal convictions. You should always be honest with Immigration officials at all times for your best chance of successfully immigrating in to the United States.

We recommend call our law firm for a better understanding of your situation, but here are some additional and basic items you should disclose to immigration officers.

  1. Arrests (including those by police, Immigration Officers, and other Federal Agents);
  2. Convictions (even if they have been expunged); and
  3. Crimes you have committed for which you were not arrested or convicted.

It is important that you tell Immigration about any arrest, even if someone else has advised you that you are not required to do so.

For immigration and/or expungement questions call Koehn & Tahirkheli, L.L.C. at (620) 624-8158 for a free consultation with a Kansas immigration attorney.

Koehn & Tahirkheli, L.L.C. serves the cities of Liberal, Garden City, Sublette, Elkhart, Johnson City, Hugoton, Ulysses, Dodge City, Meade, Seward county, and serving all other communities in Southwest Kansas.