I understand why you might be frustrated. I will at least offer you the possible options so that you are aware of them and not fall into the hands of unscrupulous persons that will just tell you what you want to hear in order for them to be able to take your money.
Unfortunately, unless the law changes, he will never be able to get U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency and he is at risk of deportation
. There are 4 things in U.S. immigration law that have no pardon, that not even a U.S. Presidential pardon works, and those are fraud marriage, false claim to U.S. Citizenship
, money laundering and trafficking of a controlled substance. They do not even need a conviction, all they need is "reason to believe" that he was involved in or benefited from any type of drug trafficking.
Here is a link:
IF he were to somehow get a pardon or a vacature of the conviction (sealing or expunging does not work), and IF he was to convince an immigration judge
or consular officer that he was not involved in drug trafficking and IF he had a U.S. Citizen or Resident spouse or parent petitioning for him then MAYBE he could avoid deportation and get Residency status. It would be a long and expensive road and he would need a VERY good attorney to help him. You can try to find one at http://www.ailalawyer.com/.
In regards ***** ***** governor's or Presidential pardon, if he was convicted in a federal court, it would be a Presidential pardon and here is the link:
If he was convicted in a state court (I will assume Pennsylvania since that is what you listed), it would be a governor's pardon:
For a vacature, a lawyer would need to find something that was done wrong during his case and they can get it reopened and the conviction set aside.
In either case, he will still have to prove to an immigration judge that he was not involved in nor benefited from any form of trafficking.
And there is one other possibility. It is called a Private Bill. This is a law that is passed by the U.S. Congress of special application to him. It could erase any issue against him and get him Residency. If you want to try that, you can start contacting your U.S. Congressmen for help. Here is a link:
I am truly sorry. I wish I had better news for you but at least now you know the options.
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