Can a tattoo keep you from getting citizenship in the United States?

Asked about 2 years ago - Houston, TX

I recently asked my sister if she wanted to get a tattoo with me, but she told me no because she heard in a radio station that a man couldn't get his citizenship because of his tattoos . Which I find ridiculous to believe, but there are ridiculous laws out there that are true, so just to be on the save side I want to find out.

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    Answered . Usually no, unless they are gang related and there is an investigation, but this is highly unlikely.

    Att. number 917-885-2261 This advice does not create an attorney client relationship. No specific legal advice may... more
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    Answered . In general, there are no tattoo laws, however, certain tattoos could raise the presumption of affiliation with certain gangs, which if proved, could affect the application.

    This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship and should not be relied as legal advice on your case.... more
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    Answered . The man you refer to probably had affiliations with known gangs, and the tattoos were what tipped off CIS. Otherwise, tattoos are NOT a grounds for denying immigration relief.

    Samuel Ouya Maina, Esq. 415.391.6612 Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, PC 332 Pine Street,... more

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