Are you thinking of applying for United States citizenship? Applying for that status with a DWI/DUI on Your Record can hold you up on that process.

One of the most common concerns for permanent residents trying to become United States citizens are the requirements put in place to gain that status. In the United States, a DWI can not only prevent a person from reaching the goal of becoming a U.S. citizen, but it may also subject them to deportation. The Immigration Service has not always seen a DWI as an act requiring disqualification from naturalization, however, it is heavily scrutinized because a person who is convicted of certain crimes (no matter how long ago), can be considered to be a person of bad moral character.

If the applicant has a history of DWI offenses, he or she needs to present strong evidence that they longer drink to qualify to become a naturalized citizen. In order to obtain citizenship the application process questions whether a person is of “good moral character,” particularly in the last five years before applying. With even just one DWI on his or her record, someone with a DWI on record will have to work even harder to prove good moral character, because it is indeed possible for the officer of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny an application on the basis that you lack the required good moral character status.

For more on how a DWI can affect your chances of becoming a U.S. Citizen, click here.

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