I would like to bring my Filipina girlfriend to the US. However, I have a criminal record. Will this be a ground for denial of application?
It depends whether your criminal record is a conviction for one of the crimes indicated in the Adam Walsh Act. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart/pdfs/practitioner_guide_awa.pdf
If the crime is against a child and violent, then yes.
The answer depends upon the conviction. A criminal record does not automatically bar you from petitioning for someone. However, if your convictions indicate you may pose a danger to the person you are petitioning for, it could be grounds for denial. I recommend you speak to an attorney in more detail about your criminal history before filing any petitions.
The first question is whether you are a U.S. citizen. If yes, you are eligible to petition on behalf of a spouse or fiance (not a girlfriend) assuming she has no impediment barring entry to the U.S.
Your criminal record should not affect you petitioning for your girlfriend. However you should consult an attorney prior to applying.
If the crime is not a family violence crime or a particularly serious one it should not bar your sponsorship.
It depends on the exact charge and whether or not it falls under the Adam Walsh Act.
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