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How does being charged with a felony affect citizenship approval?

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SORRY HERE IS AN UPDATE ON OUR STATUS SO SOMEONE CAN UNDERSTAND OUR SITUATION:

Permanent resident with 10 year green card, married to U.S Citizen for 4 years and living in the U.S. almost 3. Would like to apply for citizenship next year. Sent to jail and charged with possesion of a controlled substance (felony), on probation now but, will be off probation at time of N-400 application. How will this affect the Immigration officers decision for approval?

ANY HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Thx

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One can be arrested, which is not a problem, as it can happen to anyone. One can be charged, which is also not a deal breaker, as long as the charge does not lead to a conviction or a plea bargain. But if one gets convicted of a drug related crime, that is a deal breaker for naturalization purposes, at least for 3 years until after the conviction. I don't know the specifics of your case, but I doubt very much that any I.O. will approve you at that point in time if you have been convicted or entered a plea bargain on those charges. Anything drug or prostitution related is perceived contrary to the good moral character clause.


There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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My first N400 was denied because of a misdemeanor DWI. I consulted a lawyer and was advised to wait 5 years from the date the case was resolved before re-filing. I did that and the second N400 was approved. You are supposed to have a clean criminal record for the 5 years preceding your filing date. So, like "Just Bob" said, it is highly unlikely that you will be approved with a felony conviction. Good Luck!

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