Reasons to Clear Your Criminal Record: Immigration

The United States is considered a melting pot with the most diverse group of people living in one nation.  People from other countries seek to live the American dream by immigrating to the United States in order to provide their families with the best opportunities possible.   Many immigrants eventual realize the potential for success and apply for citizenship.

Before a person is granted the status of being a “citizen” of the United States, a criminal background check is administered. Pursuant to federal immigration policy, any “conviction” can be a basis to bar admission into the United States. Therefore an arrest and a plea of guilty can prevent you from becoming a U.S. citizen.

Many people familiar with Illinois law realize that pleading guilty to an offense and receiving supervision is not considered a conviction under Illinois law.  Although that is true, the federal government feels differently.  Supervision is considered a conviction for all intents and purposes when it comes to immigration status and can be a major factor determining entry into the United States.

If you are applying to become a U.S. citizen and have been arrested or found guilty of an offense, it is crucial to have your record expunge to secure entry into the United States.  For more information please contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury at 847-920-4540 or

Xpunge Your Past, Xpand Your Future.