Criminal record and applying for U.S. Citizenship

Have you ever done anything that got you arrested? If so, did it leave a mark on your criminal records? Maybe you made a small careless decision that led you to negative consequences.However, if you are thinking about applying for U.S. citizenship, having a criminal record may be unfavorable for you.

If you have gone through the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) website and determined that you are eligible to apply for the U.S. citizenship, you will need to file Form N-400. During the naturalization process, one of the steps is to “demonstrate good moral character” (USCIS). Unfortunately, depending on your criminal record, you may or may not have a disadvantage for this requirement. The USCIS places permanent and conditional bars to their good moral character depending on the nature of those charges. For example, murder, aggravated felony such as rape, gathering or transmitting classified information, alien smuggling, etc., and violation of religious freedom are considered permanent bars to the good moral character (USCIS). On the other hand, conditional bars include moral turpitude, gambling, false testimony, controlled substance violation, etc. If your charges or criminal record contain any, and not limited to of these stated examples, you will face unfavorable consequences when you apply for U.S. citizenship. You may not be allowed to apply for it, and the USCIS may even deport you back to your country.

If you are planning to apply for the U.S. citizenship and are currently charged with a misdemeanor or felony, please contact an attorney for legal assistance. I have rich experience in this area and have had many successful cases in the past. I am confident that I can provide you with the most favorable outcome and do my best to eliminate any remaining concerns about your criminal record. I will be on your side through your journey of applying to be a U.S.citizen. Contact me today to get your customized solutions and schedule a free initial consultation!