Convicted of a Crime?

For those convicted of certain crimes after becoming a lawful permanent resident but before becoming a U.S. citizen, status as a lawful permanent resident may be jeopardized. Convictions for certain crimes committed after becoming a lawful permanent resident may result in being placed in deportation proceedings.

Common convictions which may make an individual deportable from the U.S. include:

  1. Convictions related to a controlled substance other than a single conviction for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana; NOTE: This includes a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia;
  2. Convictions for domestic violence or child abuse and convictions for violations of the portions of a domestic violence protective order related to protection against threats of violence, harassment, or bodily injury;
  3. Convictions related to fraud;
  4. Convictions for possession and/or use of a firearm in violation of the law; and
  5. Convictions for crimes of violence for which a term of imprisonment of a year or more was imposed.

An individual convicted of a crime since obtaining lawful permanent residency may want to consult with our office prior to traveling outside of the U.S. or prior to applying for citizenship. Travel outside of the U.S. following conviction of a crime that renders one deportable may result in placement into removal proceedings following travel outside of and return to the U.S. In addition, if applying for citizenship following the conviction of a crime makes one deportable, the application for naturalization may be denied resulting in placement into removal proceedings.

If placed into removal proceedings, one may qualify for relief from removal that will allow maintenance of lawful permanent residency. For individuals placed into removal proceedings, please Click Here “Relief from Removal” for additional information.