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What is Good Moral Character in Immigration?

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“Good moral character” in immigration is a requirement for many benefits, such as VAWA cancellation of removal and citizenship. The requirements of good moral character can be complicated.

When looking for good moral character in immigration, USCIS is looking for someone who’s productive and hasn’t gotten in trouble. This can mean the lack of a criminal record, a steady job record, good reputation in the community, and a history of taking care of your family.

The following things prohibit you from establishing good moral character:

There are also other things that can prevent you from showing good moral character, such as committing a criminal act (even if you were not convicted), lying about being a US citizen, and refusing to pay child support.

Even if some of these things apply to you, this does not necessarily mean you cannot establish good moral character, but it may require more work. You should contact an experienced immigration attorney to evaluate your case and determine the best course of action.

What Do I Need to Show Good Moral Character in Immigration?

An immigration attorney might need more documents showing your good moral character.  This could include references, records of your work, or tax returns.

You can show good moral character in immigration in a variety of ways.  You should discuss the facts of your immigration petition with an immigration lawyer.  They would be able to advise you on the best way to move forward.

Even though my office is located in Boston, I handle immigration cases all over Massachusetts. If you need an immigration attorney, contact me today at (617) 295-7500 and set up a consultation.


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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