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Will One Crime Prevent My Naturalization? The Petty Offense Exception
Will One Crime Prevent My Naturalization? The Petty Offense Exception

To be eligible for naturalization, an applicant must establish that he or she is of "good moral character" ("GMC"). There are many things that the Immigration and Nationality Act identifies as bars or barriers to demonstrating GMC. Examples include: One or More Crimes ...

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Blog posts in Naturalization

  • I Just Moved to a New Address: Does USCIS Have Jurisdiction Over My Naturalization Application?

    If you are seeking naturalization, you must file your application with the regional or state immigration office that has jurisdiction over your place ...

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  • 7 Necessary Steps to Become a U.S. Citizen

    Becoming a U.S. citizen often seems like an impossible task. U.S. immigration law has many prerequisites for individuals who want to go through the ...

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  • Do I Qualify for Naturalization Under Section 319(b)?

    If you are married to a United States citizen, and are looking for an accelerated path to naturalization , this might be for you. Section 319(b) in ...

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  • Can I Naturalize If I have A Petty Theft Conviction? – Petty Offense Exception

    Naturalization is the end goal for many immigrants in the United States as they strive for full integration as American Citizens. Part of the ...

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  • Do I Need to Know for My Citizenship Interview?

    The naturalization interview is a major step in the citizenship process. If you’re seeking to become a U.S. citizen, it is vital to understand ...

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  • What to Do When Your Naturalization Application is Denied

    Having your citizenship application denied can be scary. The N-400, Application for Naturalization is a complicated form, though, so denials aren’t as ...

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  • Naturalization Based on an Approved VAWA Application

    What is a VAWA application? The Violence Against Woman Act (“VAWA”) was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to protect victims of abuse who are not ...

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  • Citizenship (N-400) Processing Time Increase

    The processing time for citizenship applications has been increasing and it has more than doubled since 2014. The average processing time used to be ...

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  • Marijuana and Immigration

    On January 1, 2018, Proposition 64 allowed for the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana. The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana ...

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