Naturalization With a Criminal Record

If you are attempting to become a U.S. citizen while having a criminal record, you need the assistance of a dedicated attorney with success in this area of law.

At The Law Offices of Derek Lim, our Fremont and San Francisco lawyers have guided thousands of people across the world through the immigration process, including many through naturalization. Even if you have a criminal background, you can become a naturalized citizen.

If you have questions regarding immigration and your criminal record, contact our law firm online. We have locations in Fremont and San Francisco. You can rely on our proven skill to achieve your immigration goals.

Helping You Through the Naturalization Process in California

The naturalization process starts with the application form or N-400. This document has many pages and will ask a lot of questions about your past. If you lie on this form, that can lead to criminal prosecution in and of itself.

You will then have an interview where they will fingerprint you to obtain your criminal record. Having an immigration attorney by your side throughout this process can ensure that your rights are protected to their fullest.

Going through the naturalization process requires “good moral character” for the three-to five-year period prior to applying. Depending on the severity of past criminal records/convictions, you may be subjected to either a permanent or temporary bar. Aggravated felonies such as murder, rape, drug trafficking, etc, can result in a permanent bar. On the other hand, example crimes such as prostitution or drug possession can result in a temporary bar. When disclosing your criminal record, you not only have to include past convictions, but also prior arrests, crimes committed that you were not arrested for, and cases that were later dismissed. Although these records may be factors used in determining good moral character, it is good to maintain transparency. Regardless, lying about your criminal record will only make matters worse for you, as your privileges will be revoked if authorities find out about any false reporting on your behalf. You can rely on us to explain all your options throughout the process.

Can a Criminal Conviction Lead to Deportation?

If you are living in the United States and have not obtained full citizenship yet, a crime could cost you the ability to remain in the country. Due to our volatile political environment, many of California’s immigrant families live in fear that a simple mistake could cost them their right to stay in the United States.

Deportation is a serious matter and any criminal charges should be discussed immediately with a skilled immigration attorney. We know what steps to take to protect your rights and can explain the consequences of any option we show you.

Contact a Compassionate Immigration and Naturalization Lawyer Today

Do you have a criminal record, but still wish to become a United States citizen? Contact us online or call 510-818-0898 to schedule your initial consultation with a compassionate immigration and criminal law attorney. Our immigration attorneys in San Francisco and Fremont are experienced and well-accredited. We understand how past crimes will affect your ability to apply for citizenship and can show you all your options.

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