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Old Crime Waivers for Criminal Convictions

Crimes that are older than 15 years

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“Just because you committed a crime does not mean you are always inadmissible to the U.S. , especially if the crime is older than 15 years.
You can get a Waiver prepared to be able to immigrate or stay in the U.S.”

— Brian D. Lerner, Immigration Lawyer

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You must demonstrate that the activities for which you are inadmissible occurred more than 15 years ago; that your admission would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety, or security of the US and 3) that you have been rehabilitated.

Thus, you must be inadmissible based upon a conviction or event that took place more than 15 years before the current application.
In these last two categories the applicant must prove that she is rehabilitated and her admission is not contrary to U.S. interests.
Normally, You would want to also submit a psychological report showing that you have been rehabilitated.

old crime waiver

old criminal waiver

Many types and categories of crimes can be waived under U.S. Immigration Law

Not every crime can be waived under U.S. Immigration Law.
For example, an assault or battery crime with a sentence of 6 months can be waived.
Therefore, it is very important that you consult a deportation lawyer to determine what crime can be waived and what crime cannot be waived. Thus, the 15 year limitation does not vacate whether it is or is no an aggravated felony.

6 thoughts on “Old Crime Waivers for Criminal Convictions”

  1. I was arrested 28 years ago in my country. My military son is petitioning me. I was fingerprinted an USCIS wants to know what was the outcome of this arrest that occurred in 1994 or 1995. Ive been living in the United States since 1997. I did no jail time for this petty offense and I was granted visa to come to the United States. do I need a waiver for this this?

  2. Under my petition, his green card was denied in 2018 because the USCIS believed that he entered into the fraudulent marriage with his ex-wife (2007) though his current marriage is genuine!
    They have contacted his ex-wife and she said the marriage was fraudulent!

    We have left the US since then. We now have 1 baby and also are New Zealand residents.
    I wonder any possibility for us to reapply his green card? And if yes, how would we proceed?

    We have contacted many law firms and they all said that it’s impossible for my husband to obtain the green card and be back to the US.

  3. I have medicaid fraud conviction classified as aggravated felony Can waiver for inadmissibility be considered as my conviction is 13 years old . I was LPR legal permanent resident for more than 7 years . Deported to Canada Jan 2015 My wife and children are US citizen /

  4. Hello:

    While it may be possible to get a nonimmigrant waiver, it will be very difficult. Might be better to try criminal relief. You can call my firm for consultation at 5625-495-0554, or self-schedule an appointment at

  5. Hello:

    If they believe there was a ruling of marriage fraud, that by itself will prevent any immigration benefits for life. Therefore, it would be a matter of getting the record to see exactly what ruling are made and then doing what is necessary to immigrate. You can either call my firm for what is needed for the consultation at 562-495-0554, or self-schedule a consultation at

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