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To be eligible for naturalization, an applicant must demonstrate good moral character. Having a criminal history can not only affect your eligibility, but you may even end up in removal proceedings. Imagine applying for citizenship and then face the likelihood of being deported!
Under INA 101(f), the applicant must demonstrate good moral character for five years (or three years based on marriage to a U.S. citizen) preceding the N-400 application.
The applicant to U.S. Citizenship is barred from establishing Good Moral Character if they committed the following offenses during the relevant statutory period:
The following individuals are permanently barred from establishing Good Moral Character:
Further, a person cannot establish Good Moral Character if during the relevant statutory period he or she is or was:
Even if one does not fit within any of the above categories, an applicant may lack good moral character. Under 8 CFR 316.10, each applicant’s moral character is evaluated on a case by case basis. You should always consider the risks involved in applying for citizenship if you have a criminal record or other issues. Let attorney Kyce Siddiqi, an affordable citizenship lawyer, help you with your citizenship application. We will carefully examine your N-400 application and discuss your options before submission.