Can a DUI impact citizenship? 4 Answers as of June 16, 2011

My husband got a DUI 5 years back and had his citizenship interview yesterday. The interviewer told him that he needs to check back with his supervisor and we will get an answer via mail. Does this mean he will be denied? We consulted with a lawyer who told us that we should be fine since we waited the 5 year period.

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Law Office of Christine Troy
Law Office of Christine Troy | Christine Troy
It can impact the case. It depends upon whether it was a misdemeanor/felony and also if the entire probationary period was outside of the five year period prior to filing the application.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/16/2011
Lyttle Law Firm, PLLC
Lyttle Law Firm, PLLC | Daniella Lyttle
Although the lawyer gave you decent information, immigration has discretion and can look at your entire history when making citizenship determinations.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 6/15/2011
Calderón Seguin PLC
Calderón Seguin PLC | Ofelia L. Calderon
Really, it shouldn't, especially if prior to the 5 year statutory period. However, different districts treat DUIs differently when it comes to citizenship. It depends on where you live, but unless it was aggravated, it really shouldn't matter if it was more than 5 years ago.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 6/15/2011
Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law
Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law | Eric Mark
If you waited 5 years you should be ok. But nothing is ever guaranteed with USCIS.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 6/15/2011
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