Denver, CO asked in Immigration Law for Colorado

Q: I have a 10+ year old petty theft charge, will that effect my chances of naturalization?

I have been a legal green card holder and resident since October of 1990. There are two crimes on my record both when I was under the age of 18 and both were petty theft charges. I know that they look at GMC for the last five years, but I'm worried this may hurt my chances. Thank you

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Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: Probably not, but it depends on how long after you got your green card that you committed these crimes, and it depends on whether they were felonies or not (doesn’t sound like it). You need to consult with an immigration attorney to see what the impact of these crimes will be on your citizenship appliation.

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