A Cautionary Tale
old criminal convictions can come back to haunt citizenship applicants
A story from the Philippine Daily Inquirer illustrates the importance of warning students about prior convictions. If the FBI fingerprint comes up with a criminal conviction, the student could end up being deported instead of becoming a citizen. (And it doesn't matter if the student has already served the sentence, or he was a juvenile at the time, or "it was a long time ago," or it was "only a minor offense"...)
"...In his desire to become a US citizen, Roddy applied for naturalization at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He had asked for a day’s leave from work and appeared at his naturalization interview. He anticipated a favorable ruling on his application. He never expected to be taken into custody by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
See the full story here: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/16159/a-past-criminal-record-can-lead-to-deportation