Is there any chance that I can become a U.S. citizen despite a felony conviction?

I am a permanent resident and I am scared. I heard that because I was convicted of a felony and sentenced to 360 days in prison, that I can be deported. I am married with 4 kids and I was convicted more than 10 years ago. Everyone else in my family is now a U.S. citizen. Is there any chance that I can become a U.S. citizen despite the conviction?


There is no simple answer to this question. Rather, the key elements will be specifically of what crime was the applicant convicted, followed by a legal analysis of how that conviction is treated under federal law. It is critical to have such a situation evaluated carefully by competent immigration counsel before making any filing with USCIS. The risk may be not just having a naturalization application denied, but also losing lawful permanent resident status and removal from the U.S. If this circumstance applies to you, please contact our office to schedule a meeting to evaluate the unique facts of your case, whether you are in Frisco or Dallas, Texas, or via Skype anywhere in the U.S.

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