If my dad had a felony conviction 20 years ago, how to make him a U.S citizen now?

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If my dad had a felony conviction 20 years ago, how to make him a U.S citizen now?

I’m 19 and I have 2 sisters that are 21 and 29; we are all citizens. We wanted to know what we could do to petition for my dad so he can become a U.S. citizen? About 13 years ago my mom applied or petitioned for him but got rejected because he had a felony conviction 1 years earlier. I spoke to someone recently who told me that there’s a way to get a pardon or something for him so he can be granted citizenship. What can we do to bring him back? We’re prepared to pay a lawyer what he needs so he can come back to the U.S.

Asked on January 20, 2012 under Immigration Law, Indiana

Answers:

Dustin Bankston / Bankston Immigration Law Office

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

To accurately answer your question, it is important to know what exactly the conviction is.  Some types of convictions have waivers.  There is a waiver for certain types of crime for which the conviction was over 15 years ago.  There are is also a waiver for immediate relatives of a US citizen.  Your father could potentially qualify for one of these waivers.  However, you first need to determine if his crime is eligible for a waiver.  If so, you need to see if you meet the qualifications for that waiver.  You should definitely consult an attorney to help you figure out what options are available.  


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