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Are the any potential problems with applying for US citizenship?

You need to be a person of good moral character to apply for naturalization, so there are some circumstances where applying for citizenship could be a huge mistake and you could even be placed in removal (deportation) proceedings.  Potential Problems Include:

  • Voting in U.S. Elections as a permanent resident
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Problems with taxes
  • Failure to register for selective service
  • Staying outside the U.S. for a long period of time
  • Certain past criminal convictions, arrests or charges
  • Lying in your naturalization interview

Certain circumstances like these make it a good idea to talk with an attorney so that they can look at any potential problems.  Even if you committed a minor crime in the past and your record was expunged, the USCIS may deny our application, so you need to speak with an attorney to make sure that filing for citizenship is a good idea in your case.