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Will an expunged domestic violence case prevent me from becoming a citizen?

Asked on Apr 18th, 2011 on Immigration - California
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I was convicted of a domestic violence back in 1994, all the court requirements were met. I got the case expunged in 2007. I don’t have anything else on my record. Can the DV case be a factor me getting citizenship in the US?
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Answered on Apr 20th, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Yes a DV conviction can result in the denial of your citizenship, and worse could result in you losing you Green Card. The fact that it was expunged does not remove it from being a conviction for immigration purposes. Whether the DV conviction could cause you to be denied, or lead to your deportation, depends on many factors, including what the actual conviction was for, the sentence you received, when it happened and how long you have had a Green Card. You need to speak to an immigration attorney before filing fore citizenship.

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