United States Citizenship & Naturalization – What is Good Moral Character?
Part of applying for citizenship requires you to demonstrate good moral character, which is a challenge if you were ever arrested, cited, or detained by any law enforcement officer.
Things that may prevent you from demonstrating “good moral character” include:
- Crimes involving moral turpitude, which are crimes contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals. These are offenses that harm other people or damage property, such theft, fraud, and sex crimes.
- Controlled substance violations.
- Imprisonment of 180 days or more.
- Providing false testimony to obtain an immigration benefit (such as a misrepresentation on your green card application).
- Habitual drunkenness.
- Being involved with prostitution, or illegal gambling.
Some of these crimes may result in you being placed in deportation proceedings if you apply for citizenship. Anytime there is an arrest or detention, a more thorough analysis is needed prior to applying for citizenship.
Some of these crimes that prevent you from demonstrating good moral character can be overcome with a carefully crafted application. If you have any of the situations, it is very important to seek the advice of a Shupe Dhawan immigration attorney prior to applying for citizenship and naturalization.