Q&A: Can I apply for naturalization during my probation


Question: I’m considering applying for dual citizenship, Canada/US. I have a theft misdemeanor. I finished my community service, but I still need to finish up my one year probation. Should I wait until my probation is over and cleared before I apply?

 Answer: Within the statutory period of either five or three years(depending on whether you apply for naturalization five years after you became permanent resident or three years if you marry and live with your USC spouse), you must have good moral character.  Commission of crime within this five or three year period will certainly make this difficult or even impossible.  You should wait for five or three years before apply.