Does having a conviction in a foreign country jeopardize a person’s green card?

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Does having a conviction in a foreign country jeopardize a person’s green card?

A relative of mine got convicted in his native country for being in possession of a tampered foreign passport (non-US). Would this be considered a “Crime of Moral Turpitude” that can cause him to lose his green card? He only had to pay a fine, no jail time. And he got a new passport from his country. Should he notify the US Immigration that he was convicted of a crime overseas?

Asked on January 14, 2012 under Immigration Law, Florida

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SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, he needs to disclose any and all prior arrests and convictions.  As far as whether this might affect his getting a US citizenship or losing an already approved green card will really depend on the type of crime and for that, it is best to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the other country's criminal laws.


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