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How does your criminal history affect the naturalization application?

Having a criminal history may affect your naturalization application. While not all criminal convictions will make you ineligible for naturalization, certain crimes can seriously affect your immigration status and may lead to the denial of your naturalization application.

The USCIS requires all applicants for naturalization to demonstrate good moral character during the statutory period preceding the filing of the naturalization application, which is generally five years for most applicants. A criminal conviction or even an arrest can affect your good moral character determination and can be considered by the USCIS when reviewing your application.

If you have a criminal history, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney to discuss your eligibility for naturalization and to determine how to address any potential issues with your criminal history. An attorney can review your case and advise you on the best course of action, which may include waiting until you are eligible to apply for naturalization, seeking a waiver for certain criminal convictions, or providing additional evidence of your good moral character to the USCIS.

What if your application is getting denied?

If your naturalization application is denied, you will receive a written notice from the USCIS explaining the reasons for the denial. The notice will also explain whether you have the right to appeal the decision or if you can file a motion to reopen or reconsider the case.

If you have the right to appeal the decision, you must file a Notice of Appeal or Motion within 30 days of receiving the denial notice. The appeal will be reviewed by a different USCIS officer who will consider whether the original decision was made correctly based on the evidence in your case.

It is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to discuss your options and determine the best course of action based on your individual circumstances. At Tanner Law Offices, LLC, you will find compassionate attorneys who are knowledgeable about the naturalization application processes. Please contact our office at 717-836-0471 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.