Fiance Visa Petition when Petitioner has Many Criminal Convictions

July 25, 2013 in Attorney Blog

I recently started a fiance visa case in which the American petitioner has a very large number of felony and misdemeanor convictions. Fortunately, most of his convictions do not involve domestic violence or drug or alcohol abuse. The key to a case like this is to approach it very methodically. The first step is to do a comprehensive criminal record check. Once the criminal records are obtained, I review them fully to determine which records need to be submitted to the USCIS.

It is very possible to obtain a fiance visa even with domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol convictions. It is necessary to fully comply with USCIS rules and regulations regarding disclosure. The USCIS is concerned for the safety of the beneficiary and so it is essential to establish that the petitioner is reformed and does not represent a danger to the beneficiary. An experienced fiance visa attorney can deal with issues as they come up.