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I know I've done a terrible and horrible mistake that left me a nightmare.

I got arrested for DUI on 6/2016 and had convicted as DUI last 10/2016 and still working on my way and reflecting on myself.


The worst part of the whole "DUI" happening was that I was scheduled to have an interview for naturalization on 7/2016. (Finished fingerprinting)


Well, I did go to the interview and told them what had happen a month ago. They told me that they cannot process any further due to the arrest and that I will be in probation. Therefore I withdrew.


Now, I am planning to pay off all the fines within 2~2.5 years and finish all the court ordered tasks so that I can hire an attorney for the early termination probation. After that, I am planning to re-apply for my naturalization. I've read many articles say that DUI doesn't automatically bar you from getting a citizenship. I even read a post about getting naturalized even before the 5 years of DUI conviction dates.


However, this is the part where I think I have messed up. My DUI case was a refusal DUI conviction, which I failed to follow the officer's orders.


I have not consulted this problem with any of the immigration lawyers yet. I just want to hear about you guys' opinions on whether to apply after my probation term is over (if I do get it off in 2.5 years) or just wait full 5 years after the probation period is over.


Any suggestions or stories that you know about DUI's and naturalizations?


Thanks in advance.

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USCIS will likely dig into the circumstances surrounding your arrest and conviction whenever you apply. Given the nature of your DUI, it wouldn't surprise me if you had to wait the full five years for it to fall off from your "good conduct" period.


I am not an immigration lawyer, however, so consulting with at least a couple to see what they say would probably be the smart next move.

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