Citizenship & Naturalization

Citizenship & Naturalization

Criminal History & United States Citizenship

When applying for United States citizenship, you must disclose any criminal history to the government agencies processing the application. Only certain crimes, however, prevent you from obtaining citizenship. Some crimes only affect your application if they were committed within the previous five years and others if they were committed after November 29, 1990 but certain offenses will bar you from citizenship in every instance. The factors involved are incredibly complex and consulting with a New York immigration defense attorney is the way to ensure you are taking full advantage of your rights not unduly endangering your status.

If you are facing a pending criminal case and are applying or wish to apply for citizenship in the future, seek legal counsel immediately to ensure you are taking the most strategic approach to protect your rights and options. If you fail to disclose your criminal history, your application can be denied, you can lose citizenship granted on the basis of a false application and the government can seek to deport you. Another important point is that certain actions not considered crimes can also work against your naturalization process. As good moral character is a requirement for citizenship, matters such as failing to pay child support may result in the denial of your application.

Immigration Lawyer in New York

Seeking legal advice and guidance is imperative when you are addressing a matter so complicated and so important to your entire life and future. The team at The Portela Law Firm, P.C. practices both immigration law and criminal law and can thus identify creative solutions to forward your immigration goals in the face of criminal cases against you. They can provide service in English or Spanish.

For legal guidance regarding naturalization and your criminal case or history, contact a New York immigration attorney today.

  • Fluent in Spanish & English

  • Former Assistant District Attorney

  • Over 25 Years of Experience

  • Committed to Client Satisfaction

We Help Our Clients Win their Lives Back

See more reviews on Google, Avvo and Yelp!
  • “Highly qualified to handle commercial litigation disputes”

    M.P., Owner of a Commercial Insurance Brokerage Company - Former Client

  • “He is a professional that takes both his clients and his reputation seriously”

    Mabel

  • “I highly recommend this firm, you will be very satisfied with firm's representation”

    Igor

  • “Little or no prospect of winning, the Portela Law Firm undertook to represent me”

    Former Client

  • “l. Mr. Portela isn't merely a good lawyer, he's a stand up guy. The support staff at the firm isn't just competent, they're extraordinary.”

    Danny

  • “Mr. Portela is a most knowledgeable and competent attorney”

    Former Client

  • “He provides clients with reasonable fee that clients can afford”

    C.L.

  • “We had lost all hope with other lawyers, but we hired the Portela law firm and won the case”

    Martin

  • “To the best lawyer!”

    Rodriguez

  • “I will recommend anyone who need the best legal service with a great fee.”

    Em

  • “A lawyer not only who know the system so well but a caring and compassionate one too”

    Former Client

  • “My assault charges was dismissed right after he placed me in front of the judge”

    Liza

  • “Manuel Portela won a difficult case for me which had been turned down by many attorneys.”

    Mrs. T. W.- Former Client

  • “The attorneys from The Portela Law Firm had my business reopened in days”

    M.G, Nightclub Owner-Former Client

  • “They are highly responsive, trustworthy and knowledgeable”

    Y.L.