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Here's One For The Lawyers Out There - Do Old Convictions Screw You For Immigration Issues?

Immigration IssuesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I received a question from a person who wants to come to Panama under the Pensionado program, but they are concerned about the requirement for an FBI background check. They have a very old (30+ years ago) conviction and more recent arrests but the charges were dismissed. I simply don't know the rules - what will Immigration let through, and what will cause a rejection. Do any of you really smart lawyers types out there know the deal? Has anyone else had experience with this sort of thing? Where is the bar set? Please put answers in the comments section below. Thankos muchos...

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Here\'s One For The Lawyers Out There - Do Old Convictions Screw You For Immigration Issues?
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 10 2012 @ 07:01 PM EDT

I could be wrong, (its been known to happen) but I believe theyre just looking for felony convictions.....if u go to your local police dept. and pay approx $15, you will get a printout of your record, but it only shows felony convictions.....as long as u dont have any of thoze, I think u are alright.........

Here\'s One For The Lawyers Out There - Do Old Convictions Screw You For Immigration Issues?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, July 11 2012 @ 07:06 AM EDT

Most local police agencies only go back 5 years to check when you ask for a police clearance letter. And the check is only for convictions in the 'local' jurisdiction not nationwide.

Here\'s One For The Lawyers Out There - Do Old Convictions Screw You For Immigration Issues?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, July 11 2012 @ 08:12 PM EDT

SPECIAL ALERT - April 25, 2012: Immigration is requiring FBI records rather than local police records for any Residency Visa application from U.S. citizens or residents.

Here\'s One For The Lawyers Out There - Do Old Convictions Screw You For Immigration Issues?
Authored by: Don Winner on Thursday, July 12 2012 @ 11:08 AM EDT

Yeah, that's what I thought as well. I knew they had switched to asking just for FBI background checks only, but wasn't sure when that happened. They don't care about low level local stuff, and more more concerned about felonies and any outstanding arrest warrants - which they will get from the FBI report.

Don

Here\'s One For The Lawyers Out There - Do Old Convictions Screw You For Immigration Issues?
Authored by: spascum on Tuesday, July 31 2012 @ 11:29 AM EDT

Don,
My wife and I went thru immigration in 2010 and we only needed a police backround check by "name" only which we got on the internet.
The check is by the state police and just shows we had no record.
We had our signatures notarized and apostilled by the Sec. of State pretty easy part of the process...
Bill