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I have a question. came to america back in the 80s. I got arrested and went to jail on a drug related charge in someone else name in early 2000s.now am married i have a few kids and want to get my life straight. Where do i start, i came here in my real name, i have a felony in someone else name. Now am married to a us citizens. Any suggestions?

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Canadian wife brings up a good point. Somebody else's name is not necessarily their entire identity. It's weird that you went under their name and presumably allowed that to happen without complaining about it but if your prints were pulled, this event is now tied to you, and prints will of course be used when you apply for citizenship.

There are many felonies you can get and not exempt yourself from citizenship.


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Depending on the drug related charge you may be banned from the US. What drug related type of charge did you have that required jail time. You are also guilty of false identiy and if that person was a USC , false claim of USC which is a lifetime non waiverable ban


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Depending on the drug related charge you may be banned from the US. What drug related type of charge did you have that required jail time. You are also guilty of false identiy and if that person was a USC , false claim of USC which is a lifetime non waiverable ban

Is this last bit true? Absolutely agreed that if you claim citizenship you're in huge trouble, but is pretending to be somebody who is a citizen the same thing, as long as you're not making any direct benefit from their citizenship OR even saying, while you are that person, that you are a citizen?

Simply put: If I pretend I am somebody who is a US citizen and open a credit card in their name, I'm guilty of identity theft, but am I also guilty of claiming citizenship? I would say I am no more guilty of that than claiming I am a medical doctor if I steal the identify of a person who happens to also be a medical doctor (if I'm only stealing it to open a credit card, for example). This is obviously an academic question :)

In any case, the OP should also be reminded that, notwithstanding any false claims to citizenship, being caught for lying to immigration will pretty much guarantee a ban of some duration and if it's substantial will earn a lifetime ban: http://www.immigrationnavigator.com/big-mistake-lying-immigration-visa-green-card/

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if the charge is in someone elses name i dont think it can affect you..

you waited long time to get the things straight in your life...

nah - fingerprint review will match up, in the end.


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People have gotten into trouble for ticking yes to USC on their drivers licience applications. People have been denied because they applied for a job as a USC after they took the test and before their oath ceramony. Had he owned up to being a non citizen when he was arrested they would have put an immigration hold on him and deported him so he did derive benefit by falsely using that identity. Sounds like he is headed to a lifetime ban.


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If you deliberately misrepresented yourself at the time of your arrest you may need to get a lawyer and address that felony. A good lawyer can mitigate the charges taking into consideration time served and other factors. Once you get that chapter straightened out you will be able to deal with immigration, if that is your intent.

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I have a question. came to america back in the 80s. I got arrested and went to jail on a drug related charge in someone else name in early 2000s.now am married i have a few kids and want to get my life straight. Where do i start, i came here in my real name, i have a felony in someone else name. Now am married to a us citizens. Any suggestions?


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How did you come to America?

What exactly was the drug charge?

Lots of felons do not get deported.


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