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Unfortunately, zero. In fact, they are most likely waiting for you to apply for U.S. Citizenship
in order to place you in removal proceedings. I even had a client once that had the same conviction, maybe even for a little less than that amount of cocaine and his conviction was from back in 1986! U.S. immigration
law is not like criminal law. There is no statute of limitations. In fact, the can go back to convictions that may not have gotten a person deported at the time that they were convicted, but became deportable offenses after a certain law was passed. So in other words, in the U.S. immigration context, there is no prohibition against ex post facto laws.
However, I do have goode news for you. I was eventually able to get my client Lawful Permanent Residency again. The trick for you is NOT to apply for U.S. Citizenship yet and NOT to travel outside of the U.S. Use this time that they are not trying to deport you to take care of this conviction so that they cannot use it against you to deport you nor to deny you U.S. Citizenship. So what do you have to do? You have three options, maybe four, but the fourth I would use only if they tried to deport you which if you are successful with one of the first three, they won't even try:
1) Get a full and unconditional governor's or U.S. Presidential pardon for the crime.
2) Hire a VERY good criminal attorney to look into the possibility of reopening your criminal case because something was done incorrectly at the criminal level. If the case can be reopened, then the conviction needs to be vacated (set aside) and then you would need an agreement from the prosecutor not to prosecute you again (which they can do). You can try looking for an attorney at www.ailalawyer.com
3) Convince the majority of the U.S. Congress to change the law or to make a law of special application only for you called a Private Bill.
These options essentially would eliminate the conviction so that Immigration cannot use it against you. Unfortunately, sealing or expunging the conviction does not work.
4) IF you became a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident while inside the U.S. AND you have a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident spouse or son or daughter that would suffer EXTREME HARDSHIP if you are deported, then you MIGHT stand a chance to not be deported and get Residency again.
So for now, don't try to apply for anything with U.S. CIS and don't travel outside of the U.S.
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