If I received a DUI felony would I be eligible to obtain US citizenship?
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Felony DUI convictions have severe effects on the immigration status of legal aliens and green card holders. In some cases, a DUI conviction can stand in the way of citizenship. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services may determine a DUI conviction is a crime involving moral turpitude and/or a crime of violence under current immigration laws. A crime involving moral turpitude is sufficient grounds for denial of citizenship. Generally, a crime must have an intent requirement in order to involve moral turpitude.
Aliens can be deported if convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude carrying a maximum possible sentence of one year or more. An ordinary DUI conviction alone by itself will not result in denial of immigration benefits. Generally, an ordinary DUI conviction is not considered as a crime involving moral turpitude. But if it is combined with an aggravating factor like a felony or an operation of the car following suspension of license, the DUI conviction will be treated as a crime involving moral turpitude.
If the DUI conviction is determined to be an aggravated felony could have a severe impact and adverse affect on your application for citizenship. Especially, if you were required to spend more than a year in jail.
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