Bad Moral Character: Considerations for Practitioners Handling Complex Naturalization Cases (.PDF)
For most lawful permanent residents (LPRs), naturalization is a great idea. Sealing one’s status as a full citizen of the United States not only provides the ultimate measure of security against deportation, it facilitates lawful voting and (at least for the moment) the ability to petition for relatives.
However, for some individuals, filing an application can trigger major headaches—or worse—the specter of losing resident status altogether. This practice advisory focuses on some of the issues that frequently create trouble for practitioners and naturalization applicants alike: These include crimes, tax violations, marijuana, unlawful voting, abandonment of residency, infidelity and dead-beat parenting, and flaws in the immigrant visa or adjustment process. In addition, this article includes some ideas and suggestions for discovering and addressing these issues for your client in a safe, secure, and hopefully successful manner which may still allow them to naturalize.
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