What happens if you have committed a crime and are headed to your USCIS interview? How will these crimes look on your application? Unfortunately, depending on the severity of the crime, you could be denied naturalization. Luckily for you, if you have been convicted of a less serious crime such as a reckless driving misdemeanor, you may not be automatically barred. No, a conviction of either murder or an aggravated felony is two of the most serious crimes that will keep you from becoming a naturalized citizen.

Convictions of Murder and Aggravated Felonies

If you have committed one of these serious crimes, you will probably be placed into deportation proceedings immediately. Murder is a very obvious crime but what is an aggravated felony? This is a type of felony that includes very serious crimes such as rape, sexual abuse of a minor, drug trafficking, racketeering, running a prostitution business, child pornography, and fraud.

 

There are always stories in the news about immigrants who have innocently or negligently committed criminal acts. (1)  At some later point in time, that crime may be considered an aggravated felony, which is why you should always have an attorney to help you in case this scenario happens to you. This area can be quite complex and you may need our help with your case.
(1) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140401181729-265183387-what-crimes-prevent-a-u-s-green-card-holder-from-receiving-u-s-citizenship