If you are an immigrant who is considering filing for bankruptcy, you may
be concerned about how bankruptcy will affect your immigration status
in the United States. Fortunately, you don't have much to worry about.
Generally, filing for bankruptcy case should not affect your immigration
status. Bankruptcy is not a crime. It is a lawful way of eliminating your
debt and should have no effect on your immigration status. The only exception
is if your bankruptcy case reveals a crime that can get you deported.
If you are a legal permanent resident hoping to eventually apply for U.S.
Citizenship, then you too should not worry about filing for bankruptcy.
Qualifying for U.S. citizenship requires having good moral character.
Filing for bankruptcy is not proof that you have poor moral character
and should not affect your chances of gaining citizenship. The only exceptions
are if your case reveals a crime or conduct that shows poor moral character
or that you are not paying your taxes.
The general rules and exceptions above also apply to your if you are in
the U.S. on a visa and do not have green card.
Your should consult an attorney about your case specifically to determine
whether there are any special circumstances that may affect your immigration
status or citizenship application.