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Yes. You must undergo biographic and biometric background checks before USCIS will consider whether to exercise its discretion in your case. If you have ever been charged with a felony, a significant misdemeanor offense, three or more misdemeanor offenses not occurring on the same date and not arising out of the same act, omission, or scheme of misconduct, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety, you should consult an experienced immigration attorney before applying. You may be able to mitigate the problem through a separate court application or present exceptional circumstances for why you are entitled to discretion.