Will my arrest prevent me from applying for citizenship?

  • An arrest may not only affect your application for citizenship, it can affect whether or not you can keep your Green Card.
  • The more severe the crime is, the more danger you are of actually losing your Green Card and being denied for citizenship.
  • In general, if the case was dismissed, you may be eligible for citizenship, or may get your application approved.
  • Immigration does have the authority to deny the case just by virtue of the fact that you were arrested.