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Can I still apply for Citizenship if I have a criminal record?

An applicant must show that he or she has been a person of good moral character. Certain convictions may permanently bar an applicant from applying for citizenship. Other types of convictions or criminal conduct even without conviction may complicate proving good moral character. The decision as to whether one is barred from naturalizing due to a crime depends on the nature, severity and circumstances surrounding the criminal conduct.

Generally, an applicant is permanently barred from naturalization if he or she has ever been convicted of murder. An applicant is also permanently barred from naturalization if he or she has been convicted of an aggravated felony. Additionally, a person cannot be found to be a person of good moral character if during the last five years he or she:

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