For Naturalization, Cancellation of Removal, and securing an I-601 Waiver of Inadmissibility, the USCIS or Immigration Court requires evidence of Good Moral Character, usually for a period of five years leading up to the present.

In analyzing someone’s Good Moral Character, the chief consideration is the person’s criminal history. Certain crimes can disqualify a person from Naturalization and can even lead to the loss of permanent residency. These crimes might be an obstacle even if they occurred over five years ago.

On the other hand, immigrants who can show great investment in community institutions (clubs, charities, church groups, etc.) or other signs of positive community involvement can use this evidence to show Good Moral Character.

An experienced immigration attorney is your best resource for assessing your record of Good Moral Character before you have to prove it to an immigration official. Please contact our offices in Reno or Las Vegas for guidance.