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Does a conviction for arson, even if expunged, constitute a permanent bar to establishing good moral character for purposes of naturalization?
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Hello, my name is Judith. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions. I have 34 years experience as a licensed immigration attorney.
Nothing, not even murder is an absolute bar to naturalization based on a lack of good moral character.
Convicted murderers have been naturalized after providing convincing evidence of rehabilitation and contribution to the US with good works and community service.
The burden is on you to show you have reformed yourself and that you are making a positive contribution to the US.
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