Naturalization Approved Despite Arrest for Alleged Prostitution!
November 4, 2023

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The Law Offices of Sabrina Li is proud to announce another successful case outcome. We invite you to learn about our recent client's journey.

Our client approached us after spending five years as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). She had achieved her LPR status as an asylee and aspired to become a United States citizen. However, a blemish from her past, an arrest for alleged prostitution three years prior, made her recognize the need for expert legal assistance, leading her to seek our services. This arrest occurred during her tenure at a massage parlor where, without the requisite certification from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), she encountered undercover police pretending to be a customer, soliciting sexual favors for money. Fortuitously, she was never formally charged. Nonetheless, this incident caused her great anxiety, not just over potential accusations of prostitution but also the legal repercussions of working without the appropriate CAMTC certification.

The path to U.S. naturalization demands that an applicant demonstrate good moral character for the five years leading up to, and including, the submission of their application. Any criminal activity within this period can negate their eligibility. Specifically, involvement or profiting from prostitution is a direct violation of this requirement.

Recognizing that an arrest doesn't necessarily implicate one's moral character, our legal team presented a robust defense. We argued that, despite her arrest, our client had never been found guilty of any crime, thereby making her a fitting candidate for naturalization. To prepare her for the naturalization interview, we conducted a mock session, guiding her on effectively explaining the circumstances surrounding her arrest. This preparation aimed to alleviate the interviewing officer's concerns while accentuating other positive aspects of her character.

Our client was overjoyed when she found out that her application had been approved. She is now a proud United States citizen and no longer bears the weight of potentially having to return to the country she fled.

Naturalization prerequisites include:

  1. Being at least 18 years old.
  2. Lawful admission for permanent residence.
  3. Residing in the U.S. as a permanent resident for a specific duration.
  4. Exhibiting good moral character throughout this period.

For those facing similar challenges and seeking adept legal expertise, consider partnering with the Law Offices of Sabrina Li. Contact us at (213) 375-8096 or via email at We're dedicated to guiding you every step of the way, so please don't hesitate to reach out. Your journey is our mission.

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