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Hi,

My B1 has just expired and I would like to apply for a renewal. The only problem is that during one of my past trips to the US, I was arrested but never convicted.The case was dismissed.I am aware that this will be on my criminal record. Will this affect my chances for getting a B1? Or should I have my arrest sealed? Will that help?


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Haya,
I do not know enough about your case to give you all the information you need.  Generally, the arrest may come hurt your ability to re-enter the US and you should disclose if asked either by the consular officer or on the paperwork.  It may affect your ability to get a B visa but it would depend upon the circumstances, ie. the type of crime charged and why the case was dismissed.  If you had any pre-trial supervision or had some type of plea arrangement it may also impact your visa.  I would suggest that you consult with an attorney and give him the information so he can create the best type of solution for you.
Good Luck
Mark Ashley
www.ashleykrishnan.com

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Business Immigration. My practice focuses on representing researchers, scholars, and other advanced degree professionals with filing NIW, EB-1,O-1, H-1, L-1 petitions. I am a founding partner in the immigration law firm Ashley & Krishnan,www.ashleykrishnan.com.

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18 years as a practicing attorney.

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JD from St. Mary's University, Texas.

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American Jurisprudence Award recipient

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