Thursday, December 20, 2018

Criminal Bars to Naturalization

I have a criminal record, and have heard that there are crimes that prevent me from becoming a US citizen.  What are those crimes?
A criminal record can prevent you from establishing the Good Moral Character requirement for naturalization.  There are certain crimes that will automatically prevent you from becoming a US citizen, and they are as follows:
·        Murder
·        Conviction of aggravated felony after November 29, 1990.
o   The following are aggravated felonies in the immigration context
§  Murder, rape, or sexual abuse of a minor
§  Child pornography offense
§  Illicit trafficking in controlled substances
§  Illicit trafficking in firearms
§  Alien smuggling
§  Money laundering in excess of $10,000
§  Fraud or deceit offenses or tax evasion over $10,000
§  Explosive materials and firearms offenses
§  Crime of violence (imprisonment of at least 1 year)
§  Theft Offense (imprisonment of at least 1 year)
§  Demand or Receipt of Ransom
§  Racketeering, illegal gambling (imprisonment of at least 1 year)
§  Prostitution offenses (managing/pimping, transporting, trafficking)
§  Gathering or transmitting classified information
§  Illegal entry or reentry by a removed aggravated felon (previously deported)
§  Passport fraud (imprisonment of at least 1 year)
§  Failure to appear for sentencing (underlying offense with imprisonment term of at least 5 years)
§  Bribery, counterfeiting, forgery, or trafficking in vehicles with altered vehicle identification numbers (VIN)
§  Obstruction of justice, perjury, bribery of witness
§  Failure to appear in court for a crime in which a sentence of 2 or more years may be imposed
§  Attempt or conspiracy to commit an aggravated felony
·        Participation in Nazi persecutions
·        Participation in genocide
·        Participation in torture or extrajudicial killings
·        Particularly severe violations of religious freedom while serving as a foreign government official