© 2009 Peter J. Loughlin & Thomas W.
Do You Need to Get a Background Check on Yourself
Before Filing Immigration Applications?
You may not be aware of it, but obtaining a background check on
yourself before you file any Immigration applications can be
one of the wisest things that you can do. If you are planning
to apply for a green card or other immigration benefit, you
should be aware that certain offenses may make you ineligible
Even if you already have a green card you may be deported if
you have been convicted of certain offenses. You can rest
assured that the Government will know more about you than you
than you may realize. If your goal is to come to the United
States–or remain here you need to check your background record
now before applying for immigration
It is not uncommon for individuals to be completely unaware
that they have a criminal record. Sometimes their background
check shows they have committed a crime when in fact they have
not. Other times they may believe that criminal charges have
been dismissed against them when they have not. Mistaken
identity is always a possibility. You need to understand that
there could be things in your background checks that don’t
belong there–or you just don’t know are there. Human errors may
have been made when information was entered into the government
computers. We’re sure you’ve heard about people having negative
information on their credit reports, yes? Well the same thing
can happen with criminal background records.
Another common problem is that something that occurred years
ago is still on record though it should have been dismissed.
Whether real or a just a mistake, a negative background report
can cause untold problems for you, particularly when applying
for immigration benefits.
Once you know what’s in your report you’re in a better
position to deal with it. Perhaps there was a clerical error
that can be corrected. Even in cases were the conviction is
valid, you may be entitled to a waiver and to have the record
vacated. But you need to be certain of the record before you
file immigration applications. And, as we said earlier, even
persons who already have a green card may be at risk of loosing
their green card and being deported–sometimes for crimes that
were committed many years ago. Whether you already have a green
card or are applying for immigration benefits for the first
time it is a good idea to know about your criminal record. If
it turns out you have some criminal issues in your background
please see an immigration lawyer to evaluate your case.
You can get Background Check online in about
5 minutes. If it turns out you have problems,
you or your lawyer can then follow up by obtaining official
conviction records to determine if there’s cause for concern
and if you are eligible to file for a waiver, etc.
Obtaining an online criminal background report will help
determine if you’ve ever been arrested, charged or criminally
prosecuted. In addition to causing U.S. immigration problems,
having a criminal background can affect your employment
prospects. Obtaining both Federal and State background checks
is essential. A driver license report is another record you may
wish to to get on yourself. This will tell you if there are any
mistakes that could affect your obtaining auto insurance and
your ability to get a job.