Naturalization: Good Moral Character

Becoming a citizen through naturalization is an important milestone, and one of the requirements is demonstrating good moral character. Our office can help you determining your eligibility and fix problems in your naturalization path

One of the requirements for citizenship through naturalization is demonstrating good moral character. This means that, in addition to obeying the law, applicants must also show that they are honest and have a basic sense of responsibility. Good moral character can be proven through things like paying taxes, maintaining a job, and taking care of one's family.
Some criminal conduct may affect an applicant's ability to show good moral character. For example, an applicant who has been convicted of a crime of violence or an act of terrorism will not be able to demonstrate good moral character. Other examples of criminal conduct that may affect good moral character include drug trafficking, money laundering, and fraud.
In addition to criminal conduct, selective service registration is also a requirement for citizenship. This means that all male applicants between the ages of 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service System. Failure to do so will result in the denial of citizenship.
The requirements for citizenship are designed to ensure that those who become citizens are committed to the principles of the US Constitution. Those who cannot demonstrate good moral character or who have a history of criminal conduct may not be able to fully appreciate and uphold these principles. As such, they may pose a threat to national security and the safety of other citizens.