Can my conviction affect the renewal of my permanent residency or my attempt for naturalization?

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Can my conviction affect the renewal of my permanent residency or my attempt for naturalization?

I have been a legal permanent resident for the past 9 years. However, when I was 17 years old I was convicted of a Attempted/Robbery, a felony. My case was handled in juvenile court and has since been sealed.

Asked on October 17, 2012 under Immigration Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Potentially a criminal conviction of anyone in this country can affect residency status application or a desire to become a citizen in this coutnry. With respect to your matter, since you were convicted of a crime as a minor, your file is sealed under the laws of all states in this country. Hence, it will be impossible for this country's immigration department to get your file without you first being given notice of its desire to do so.


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