Immigration Law Questions? Ask an Immigration Lawyer.
Thank you for using Just Answer.In order to obtain citizenship you must prove Good Moral Character for five years before the application. Generally any criminal offense short of a minor traffic violation negates good moral character. Hence you may have to wait for five years from the date of the offense.The rule of thumb is wait for five years to pass since the last charge or conviction before you file the N-400. The N-400 does request a showing of 5 previous years of good moral character. Nonetheless, different jurisdictions can be more or less lenient in the definition of "good moral character." Even if just a charge (not a conviction, e.g., the case was dismissed or you were found not guilty) different courts may look at it differently. It is therefore best you speak with a local immigration attorney who knows the courts in your area view it.
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