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What's a petty offence exception?

Petty Offence Exemption is the common name for an exemption to section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act – the document that declares who is ineligible to enter the United States without an entry waiver. While this exemption does offer a glimmer of hope to those who have only a single, minor conviction on their record, rarely does anyone qualify for the petty offence exemption.

To qualify for the petty offence exception:

  • You must have committed only one crime involving moral turpitude, other than a drug-related offence, at any time. Ever.
  • Your conviction must have carried a maximum possible sentence of one year or less.
  • You must not have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment longer than six months.
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