Will my Criminal Record prevent me from naturalizing or getting a Green Card?
Will my Criminal Record prevent me from naturalizing or getting a Green Card? I am concerned because of some misdemeanor "moral turpitude" convictions that occurred when I was a young and stupid teenager. I am a completely different person now and have demonstrated good character.
1967 I entered the U.S. as a baby (with my parents) and received a green card.
1970 At age 3 I left the country for a 3 month vacation in Europe.
1976 At age 9 I left the country for a 3 month vacation in Europe.
1981 At age 14 (minor) I was convicted of shoplifting.
1982 At age 15 I left the country for one day vacation in Mexico.
1985 At age 19 I was again convicted of shoplifting.
1996 At age 29 I received a new green card because of the new law that anyone over 14 years of age must get a new, updated green card.
2006 My green card is due to expire in July and I am in the process of applying for a new one.
Also I have two minor children, ages 6 and 17, who are United States Citizens; but I am not married to a citizen.
My immigration questions:
A. With two misdemeanor moral turpitude offenses on my record, one being as a minor and both being at least five years after entering the country, what is the likelihood that I will be allowed to remain in the U.S.?
B. Am I eligible for naturalization?
C. Is there anything I can do to improve my chances of renewing my green card or becoming a naturalized citizen? Ideally I would like to become a naturalized citizen, but I am afraid that I may not qualify.
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