DUI/DWI and Citizenship


Registered Users (C)

I got my GC in Feb 2005. I got a misdemeanor DUI right after the GC i.e in Mar 2005. I have paid fines, community service and completed 3 year Probation(in Sep 2008).
Question is, Can I apply for the Citizenship? How do they look the 5 year period for the good Moral Character? Is it from date of arrest or from the end date of Probation?

Thanks in advance.



Registered Users (C)
It is better for you to wait until Sept 2013 and then apply for citizenship. That would give you a clear 5-year period of 'good behavior', and enhance the case for granting citizenship.


Registered Users (C)
When I went in for my interview which was on January 11th the officer preferred to see 10 years since no arrest. I had been arrested but I don't have a criminal record. Unfortunately they couldn't approve me right away though.


Registered Users (C)
Sorry to hear about that.

Usually it is 5 years from the date you have served out the term of probation (not from the date of the ticket or conviction). I am surprised that the officer mentioned 10 years - that seems a bit too much considering you do not have a criminal record.

However, wait at least until 2013, make sure you do not get into any more trouble, and apply again.

Good luck.
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