Hello, I am a US citizen and I have lived continuously in the UK since 1973 with Indefinite Leave to Remain since 1977. I am now 59, and am in full time employment in the UK, as I have been for the past 40 years. I would now like to apply for UK citizenship. However, with all the recent stories in the papers about long-term residents in the UK being refused ILR or citizenship on what appear to be technicalities, and sometimes even being deported, I am very concerned, if I apply for citizenship, whether my one previous criminal conviction, 32 years ago for shoplifting (non-custodial - fined £60) would have a negative impact on my application on the basis of "good character". In your opinion, do I need to be concerned?
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Thank you for your question. It is likely the most important aspect of your application regarding your minor criminal conviction is that you make full disclosure. If you don't you may risk having your British Citizenship revoked at a later date. We can assist you with you application and draft a covering letter explaining your circumstances. Someone will be in touch with you shortly to discuss this.
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I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2017