Q: As a PR since 2006, I accidently voted in 2008 (I didn't know
Good Afternoon. As a Permanent Resident since 2006, I accidently voted in presidential election in 2008 (I didn't know back then that its a deportable offense. I would have never done it if I knew how serious this is)) . I’ve never applied for a citizenship so I guess I’m way pass statutory period. Will this crime be ever forgiven if I wish to apply for citizenship one day?
A: Unlawful voting or otherwise making a false claim to United States citizenship is a serious violation that carries with it severe immigration consequences. Misconduct of this nature constitutes a ground of inadmissibility, as well as a basis for placement in removal proceedings. Under the circumstances, you would be well advised to consult a licensed attorney specializing in immigration and nationality law. Good luck to you.
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