I was arrested in 2001 for retail theft and afetr completing the court supervision the case was dismiised. I am in the process of getting my record sealed but would like some help. You would have dealt with similar cases and would know that there is a question in the visa forms pertaining to this problem.
I am on an exchange visitor visa and when I would be applying for another visa for entry into the US (after I leave the country) there is a question dealing with this in the form which reads;
" Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty or other similar legal action? Have you ever unlawfully distributed or sold a controlled substance(drug), or been a prostitute or procurer for prostitutes?"
If I have the record sealed or expunged would I still have to answer yes to this question and secondly whether having an arrest for retail theft on my record automatically disqualifies me for entry into the US? Please let me know what has been the case with other applicants with similar scenarios. Were people with similar problems allowed to enter the US again?