Check out our latest video on Youtube on the concept of Good Moral Character ("GMC"). Some people are often surprised to learn that GMC does not only mean not having an arrest record. GMC is a very broad, expansive term that can change depending on the context. Here's the transcript:
The concept of good moral character ("GMC") is one of the most important principles of immigration law and practice. Good moral character can arise in a number of scenarios, including applications for citizenship, permanent residence, as well as potential forms of relief. When GMC is a fundamental requirement, the failure to demonstrate it will likely be fatal to an application. Even when it is not strictly required, good moral character can nevertheless influence whether an application is approved or denied, especially where the adjudicator is vested with a large degree of discretion. For purposes of naturalization, we know that good moral character is a requirement that must be satisfied, especially GMC during the statutory period of five (or in some cases, three) years. However, there are some instances in which an applicant may never make a showing of good moral character and others where certain conduct may only pose a conditional bar, but not permanent bar, to good moral character.
While many minors are aware, or should be aware, that underage gambling is against the law, foreign-born minors may be exposed to additional collateral immigration consequences that are not as well known. While the offense is not found in or classified as a Title 2C criminal offense, it is nevertheless considered a disorderly persons offense. New Jersey Statute 5:12-119 provides in part:
If you are a male, registering for the Selective Service System (SSS) is a very important requirement for United States Citizenship. A deliberate and conscious failure to do so will cause a naturalization application to be denied by USCIS. The reason why is that in order to naturalize and become a U.S. citizen, a green card holder must show that he is "a person of good moral character" for five years (or three years, for applicants who became green card holders based on marriage to a U.S. citizen). If an applicant fails to comply with the Selective Service registration requirement, this deliberate failure may constitute or support a finding that the applicant has not demonstrated good moral character.