Impact of a Criminal Conviction on Your Immigration Status


The U.S. government does not recognize foreign pardons when determining admissibility. This means that even if your past conviction was pardoned, you may still need a criminal waiver to enter the U.S. In this video, Attorney Rosanna Berardi discusses when a criminal waiver may be needed.

Did you take a plea agreement without realizing you could be deported or denied entry into the U.S.?

If so, Berardi Immigration Law may be able to help.

As you’ve probably learned, a criminal conviction can seriously impact your immigration status – even if the conviction was minor. You can lose your green card, face deportation, and be denied entry into the U.S. – forever.

But there’s hope.

Many state laws require that courts tell defendants when they enter into a plea agreement that it may result in deportation or refusal of entry into the country. However, oftentimes, the courts fail to do so.

As a result, if you plead guilty to a crime without fully understanding the consequences to your immigration status or your ability to enter the U.S., your conviction may have the potential to be vacated.

At the Law Offices of Rosanna Berardi, we represent individuals who have been convicted of a crime and are facing: deportation, loss of their green card or work permit, or ineligibility to enter the U.S.

Here’s How the Process Works

  • First, you must obtain a court docket or a criminal court disposition for each of the convictions or arrests you have.
  • We will then sit down with you to review your criminal background.
  • After analyzing the details of your case, if we are able to find an error, we will file a motion to vacate or a motion to modify your sentence.
  • If we’re successful, your guilty plea will be withdrawn and your case will be dismissed or it will be reopened, resulting in a new trial, a reduced sentence, probation, or a new plea agreement.

Don’t Get Deported or Denied Entry

If you took a plea agreement without realizing you could be deported or denied entry into the U.S., call the Law Offices of Rosanna Berardi. We are experienced immigration lawyers and we may be able to prevent your deportation or exclusion from the U.S.

Page Summary: A criminal conviction may impact your ability to enter the U.S. but Berardi Immigration Law may be able to help you identify options.

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