Can i still apply for citizenship

Asked almost 2 years ago - Costa Mesa, CA

what happen if i apply for citizenship and i have a shoplifting misdemeanor or felony as a juvy, do that will give me problem?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Any conviction can be a problem.

    The immigration consequences of convictions depend on the exact language of the statute under which the conviction took place.

    You need to retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  2. Grady G Gauthier

    Contributor Level 9

    Answered . I agree with my colleague, criminal convictions can always have potential impact on any immigration benefit. Before submitting your naturalization application you should consult with an immigration attorney to make sure you will qualify and will not subject yourself to potential deportation risk.

    Grady G Gauthier

  3. Karen-Lee Pollak

    Contributor Level 19


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . This can have problems as it reflects on your character and is considered a crime of moral turpitude. There is an exception for a petty theft which is a misdemeanor. Consult with an attorney

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