ill try to keep my situation short. while in legal permanent status in 1993 i plead no contest to a 288 (a) charge, thats basically lewd or lascivious acts with a minor . was placed on felony probation for 3 years. i'm still an lpr but last time i went to mexico to visit i was detained for an hour by ICE and then they let me go. officer said i should take care of this felony which is older than 20 years or else i may not be lucky next time.
i have been doing research and come to the conclusin that 212 (c) relief from deportation may be posible. my questions:
would i need to be incarcerated and in removal proceedings to be eligible? well, this is what attorneys have told me so thats why they wont take my case. right now i dont have a case, im not arrested, dont have a notice to appear or nothing. i just want to prevent somehting from happening if i were to be pulled over for an infraction or something then a police oficer checks my record and bam "you are being deported".
also, if i were granted 212 (c) deportation relief, would i also need to petition for waiver of inadmissibility so that i can come back to the US without problems if i go out to visit? or is it the same thing? thank you so much for any help i can get.