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Criminal Record and Applying for U.S. Citizenship

Criminal Record and Applying for U.S. Citizenship

Have you ever been arrested? Did you know your arrest can leave a permanent mark on your criminal record? If you are thinking about applying for U.S. citizenship, having a criminal record may prove unfavorable for you.


If 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 requirements is to “demonstrate good moral character” (USCIS). Unfortunately, depending on your criminal record, you may or may not fulfill this requirement.  The USCIS may place permanent and conditional bars on your application depending on the nature of your criminal charges. For example, permanent bars include the crimes of murder, aggravated felony such as rape, gathering or transmitting classified information, alien smuggling, etc., and violation of the religious freedom of others. On the other hand, conditional bars include the crimes of gambling, domestic violence, using or selling drugs, assault, DUI, etc. If your criminal record contains any to of these stated examples, you will face unfavorable consequences when you apply for U.S. citizenship. You may be barred from U.S. citizenship, 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 or have in the past been 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 throughout your journey of applying to be a U.S. citizen. Contact me today to get your customized solutions and schedule a free initial consultation!

By | 2018-06-12T16:59:04-04:00 April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Criminal Record and Applying for U.S. Citizenship

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