January 19, 2023

Naturalization Despite Military and Criminal History

Mooradian's client, a long-time resident of the United States, was recently approved for naturalization despite questions regarding his previous military service, his entry/exit history, and his criminal history.  Mooradian was able to demonstrate to USCIS that the criminal charges from years ago did not bar the client from naturalization.  Likewise, they did not foreclose a finding of good moral character given the age of the convictions and the relative lack of severity. By contrast, Mooradian was able to present work history and family ties that overshadowed derogatory information obtained by USCIS.  Ultimately, the agency agreed that the client was eligible for naturalization and approved the petition.

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