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Can a dismissed peace order affect the imigration status (coming

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Can a dismissed peace order affect the imigration status (coming back and forth to the US) because the complaaint is still in public records (Maryland)
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The answer is tentatively no. Peace and Protective Orders are civil orders under MD Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-1503. As such, they have no direct bearing on one's immigration status, even if public record.

While U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have the right to refuse entry to anyone and the US Consular agent abroad may disapprove a visa simply based on "feeling," the fact that this is a CIVIL matter does not immediately invalidate one's visa, nor is it regularly pulled up when one is entering or leaving the USA.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Does this answer include sitting for the N Y Bar exam if the dismissed order is a foreign national (English)?


Can you please clarify? Are you asking if the same applies if the person against whom the order was taken out for applies to the NY Bar?

And what of the foreign nationality - is the order from there, or the individual? Can you please clarify?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Sorry to be vague. The foreign national (English) not a US citizen, is here in US. She received a Peace order against her that was dismissed in court in Maryland. She is to take the NY bar this spring. She is concerned that the dismissed order will hider her travels back into the US once she leaves to go to England for a visit.Also she is concerned about long term effect of this dismissed order.The order was taken out in State of Maryland.

Sorry to be vague

No worries.

Per immigration matters, the peace order should not affect it.

Per the NY Bar, this is different. While the application is not going to ask for CIVIL matters, the NY Bar may still see it on the background and flag it as part of moral standing of the applicant. However, this is dealt with on a case by case basis. Most of the time, it is not an issue provided the applicant can explain what happened.

Also she is concerned about long term effect of this dismissed order.

Generally speaking, this should not be an issue as explained above. It is a CIVIL matter.

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