- Applicants for many types of immigration benefits and relief from deportation must affirmatively demonstrate “good moral character.”
- Any period of past incarceration may make it difficult for an immigrant to make this “good moral character” showing.
- One of the immigration benefits that requires “good moral character” is naturalization.
- Applicants are explicitly asked about past incarceration.
- If a person answers YES, they must report the reason for their incarceration and the disposition of their case.
- Question: Have you EVER been in jail or prison?