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.
More Naturalization FAQs
- Can I file for naturalization before conditions on my residence are removed?
- Can not paying child support affect my application to become a U.S. citizen?
- Does the eligibility time period that I have to be a permanent resident for naturalization purposes change if I am married?
- How long do I have to wait after becoming a permanent resident until I can file for U.S. citizenship?
- I am a permanent resident who just moved to a different state in the U.S. How long do I have to wait before I can file for naturalization?
- I have heard that I can be exempt from the U.S. civics test if I have a disability? Is that true?
- I never registered with the Selective Service System after age 18. Can my failure to register affect my application for naturalization?
- Is there any chance that I am already a U.S. citizen because my grandfather was a citizen when my mother was born?
- Is there any chance that I can become a U.S. citizen despite a felony conviction?
- My fingerprints are difficult to take. If USCIS cannot read them, how will they process my application to naturalize?
- My green card expired after I applied to naturalize. Must I file to replace it if I have already applied to become a U.S. citizen?
- Will my drug conviction have any affect on my naturalization application?
- Will the USCIS ask me why I want to become a U.S. citizen? What are acceptable reasons that I can provide to USCIS?
The information appearing in these FAQ responses is not legal advice and is provided for general information purposes only. You should seek professional advice from an experienced immigration attorney regarding your specific inquiry and case before changing position.