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U.S. Citizenship and Good Character- The Case for DWIs

U.S. Citizenship is not an automatic right but requires proof that a Permanent Resident has “good moral character”.  Many of our complex citizenship cases involve client’s who have been charged with multiple DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) while in Permanent Resident Status.  Although this can affect a citizen application and can result in denial, many cases are still approved despite.  The following factors are key in a case being approved although convicted of more than one DWI in a five or ten year period:

  • Can the DWIs be tied to a tragic event in the Permanent Resident’s life that has now passed?
  • Is their a pressing reason to show U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) why citizenship needs to be approved now, and the applicant is not able to wait the 5 year period often recommended since last DWI charge before applying for citizenship.  Certain job reasons amongst other factors are considered.
  • Balancing factors are also very key to an approval.  What positive factors outweigh the DWI convictions in the Permanent Resident’s life.

If you are someone you know is holding of on applying for U.S. citizenship due to DWI convictions, it’s important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney, as every day individuals are approved for citizenship in USCIS’s discretion despite multiple DWI convictions.  The jurisdiction of the USCIS office also may vary on how they decide these more complex citizenship cases.  So, it is important to understand the track record of your jurisdiction.

If you have questions you may contact our law firm at info@scottcclaw.com or visit our website for a list of offices and phone numbers. www.scottcclaw.com

ScottMond Law Firm

www.scottcclaw.com

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