This question is specifically for an immigration
lawyer. Please only respond if you are a qualified and experienced immigration lawyer.
I am a current green card
holder (8+ years) and am considering applying for citizenship
, however I am concerned that this might impact my current green card status due to some missteps I have had. Approximately 5 years ago I had a domestic altercation with my mother which resulted in my being arrested and charged with assault. Although the charged were later dropped due to my mother not testifying, there is still likely to be a police file with pictures of my mother's bruises and whatever written record the police may typically keep in such cases. There is also likely a second similar police complaint by my mother against me for a second incident a few weeks later. There may also be police report about drug related activity in my house, however they are not related to me specifically. At the time I also went through bankruptcy, which I am now working my way out of. All of these issues occurred almost 5 years ago and have made amends with my mother, ejected all drug users from my home and have been working at steady jobs for 5 years to dig myself out of bankruptcy.
My specific questions are:
1) What are my chances for being approved for citizenship considering that the assault charges were dropped and I have been working at a steady job for 5 years (no other police record or other trouble with the law)?
2) How would I best phrase the written explanation that the immigration adjudicator would read so that my chances for citizenship approval are maximized?
3) If I am denied citizenship, does that impact my green card status so that I would have to leave the US?
4) If I apply for a renewal of my green card status so that I can have more years with a clean record for future consideration, will the background and biometric testing during green card application uncover the same (charges dropped) police report? In essence, is the risk of denial/ejection the same for green card extension the same as for citizenship application?