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Good Moral Character will become key to become a citizen of the United States

Good Moral Character will become key to become a citizen of the United States
Many permanent residents may see their dreams frustrated and have to wait up to 5 years to complete their immigration process and naturalize.

One of the requirements that has always existed to obtain American citizenship after the waiting period with a Permanent Residence is the so-called "Good Moral Character". Basically, the Good Moral Character refers to the absence of problems with justice during the 5 years prior to the request for a naturalization for an immigrant.

 

The problem is that a new rule broadens the definition of what is "Good Moral Character" and includes some issues other than those known as lying to immigration or drunk driving. Now, the rule includes bank fraud, not appearing in court after requesting a bond (aka "bail jumping"), conspiring to distribute drugs, posing as a citizen without being a citizen, or even not paying taxes.

 

The rule, which aims to make citizenship more difficult to access, could block the naturalization process of many permanent residents, who would not finish their immigration process and would have to wait for more than 5 years since their last problem with justice.

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