Will the records be accessible to immigration that I have attended sessions for domestic violence and anger management through the insurance agencies?

I will be applying for green card soon; I am on an H1B visa. I hit my wife once which I regret and have attended counseling classes from a private therapist for anger management to completely stop domestic violence with insurance coverage. Is there any chances of denial of my green card because I have gone to a psychiatrist?

Asked on August 26, 2013 under Immigration Law, Washington


Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Hello. Your post does not state whether the police were involved in the incident with your spouse or whether your faced criminal charges. In any event, you should expect the the government will be making a thorough background check. Do contact a private attorney who will be happy to help you. Immigration and Visa law is federal law, so any knowledgeable licensed attorney may assist you. You may phone my law firm on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as weekdays. This website provides general information and general principles of law and does not provide private legal advice. Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will confer initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.


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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Assuming that you are eligible for a green card under all other facts, the way that a green card may be denied under a criminal hearing is if you have been convicted of certain types of crimes.  These include crimes of "moral turpitude," multiple crimes, and specified crimes such as drug trafficking, prostitution, commercialized vice, money laundering, severe violations of religious freedoms as an official in a foreign government, and fraud. This conviction could indeed influence your green card application and even be a cause for deportation. You need to consult with an attorney in your area about disclosing the matter and if non-disclosure would also be a basis for denial as well.  

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