Naturalization with Class A misdemeanor in Texas

Carlos writes, "I was arrested for burglary and convicted but my lawyer was able to bring down my charge to a Class A misdemeanor.  I served no jail time except for the night I spent after the crime itself.  I now want to file for naturalization and I am wondering if I am eligible or not and if I do file, will I get into trouble?"


 

You see, for immigration purposes, particularly for naturalization, the interpretation is a lot different.  While this might seem like a minor crime considering that it is a misdemeanor, most likely USCIS will consider this as an aggravated felony.  It seems that your immigration status did not become an issue during your trial, because otherwise they would have notified ICE and started deportation proceedings against you.


 

There is a distinct probability that your N-400 application will trigger that response from ICE, so that not only will you be denied American citizenship, but also your green card will be invalidated and you will be deported with a permanent bar on entry into the United States.  You need an excellent immigration attorney to get more detailed advice and in the meantime you should not file your application on your own.