Crimes That Will Prevent You From Receiving U.S. Citizenship
A conviction in either of the following means you will be permanently denied U.S. citizenship:
An aggravated felony (if the conviction was after November 29, 1990)
What if my criminal record is from overseas?
This counts as well, unless it is an instance involving a refugee or asylee who was the victim of inappropriate government prosecution.
What is an “aggravated felony”?
Here’s the ones you’d probably expect:
Sexual abuse of a minor
Running a prostitution business
Fraud of $10,000 or more
The rest, you may not expect:
Any crime of violence, theft or burglary that resulted in a prison term of one year or more.
Resisting arrest has been found to be a crime of violence.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is sometimes considered a crime of violence, particularly if it involved reckless or intentional behaviour.
Helping to smuggle an alien into the United States, unless it was a first offense to help a spouse, child or parent.