What criminal convictions create immigration consequences making a noncitizen inadmissible or deportable? What is a Crime of Moral Turpitude? What is a CIMT?

Criminal convictions that affect a noncitizen include certain convictions that make a noncitizen inadmissible which include offenses considered Crimes involving moral turpitude (“CIMT”).   Criminal convictions that make a noncitizen deportable include CIMTs, aggravated felonies, controlled substance offenses, crimes of domestic violence and firearms offenses. Further discussion about the consequences created by these crimes will follow but note that certain crimes that may not make a noncitizen inadmissible or deportable may create other immigration related issues.

What are a Crimes involving moral turpitude? How can Crimes of Moral Turpitude Impact my Immigration Status?  What is a CIMT?

Crimes involving moral turpitude (“CIMT”), are not precisely defined under immigration law.  Immigration courts have attempted to give some guidance in attempting to identify these crimes stating that these types of crimes are crimes comprised of  behavior that is depraved or against the accepted morality standards and obligations between people who make up society. Although it is not always clear whether a state criminal conviction is considered a CIMT, this ambiguity serves to also provide the opportunity for argument that a state crime conviction does not contain elements comprising a CIMT.

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