Can I get into USA with a conviction? 4 Answers as of April 08, 2011

As a 19 year old a good friend was convicted of manslaughter (self defense). He is now 47 a good man and has had no further incidents. He served 4 years in prison for the conviction. He is looking to conduct some business in the US which should take between 2 - 4 weeks. Any advice regarding this issue would be appreciated. We are from NZ.

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
That is up to US Immigration, contact the local US consulate and ask them for help. Yes, a criminal record is one basis for barring entry.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/8/2011
Law Offices of Phil Hache
Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
I am assuming that your friend fulfilled any terms of parole/probation. I would hate to mislead you with an answer that may not be correct. I would recommend consulting with an immigration attorney who may be better able to answer this question.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/7/2011
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
He should contact the US embassy in NZ or the nearest US Consulate. If that contact is not fruitful, contact an immigration attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/7/2011
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
Most likely, this will not bar him from entering the United States. However, clearing customs is going to be a bit more difficult.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/7/2011
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