USCIS: 2 or more DUIs could impact immigration applications

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WASHINGTON (KSEE) – Two or more DUI convictions could impact an immigrant’s status in the United States, according to a new directive released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Tuesday.

The change comes after a policy alert published by USCIS on Dec. 10, which establishes that two or more DUI convictions can impact what’s called the ‘good moral character’ determinations. That can affect certain immigration applications such as becoming a U.S. citizen.

“This guidance enhances public safety by ensuring that USCIS adjudicators consider driving under the influence convictions with the appropriate standard of scrutiny,” said Deputy Director Mark Koumans.

USCIS says the updates are applicable to any cases filed or pending on or after Oct. 25, 2019.

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