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Citizenship FAQs: What Happens If My Citizenship Application Is Denied?

There are many benefits to becoming a United States citizen, but it can be a complicated process that takes a good deal of time. Each citizenship application is carefully reviewed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If the USCIS officer determines that you do not meet the eligibility criteria for naturalization, your application will be denied. Within 120 days of your interview, you should receive a “Notice of Decision” letter in the mail explaining why your case was denied. Depending on the reason for the denial, you may have the option to reapply for naturalization at a later time.

If your citizenship application is denied, it’s important to consult an experienced immigration and citizenship attorney who can advise and guide you on the next steps to take.

Top 5 Reasons Your Citizenship Application Can Be Denied

If you make an error on your immigration application, it can lead to wasted time and money, and potentially a permanent or temporary denial of your application. Here are five common reasons your citizenship application could be denied.

1. Filing When You Are Not Qualified to Be Granted Citizenship
Make sure you read the directions carefully and submit all required paperwork.

2. Voted In A Presidential Election 
A claim to U.S. citizenship is grounds for removal from the United States. The citizenship application form USCIS Form N-400 evaluates if you have good moral character and are eligible for citizenship by asking many questions, including:

  • “Have you ever claimed to be a U.S. citizen in writing or any other way?”
  • “Have you ever registered to vote in any federal, state, or local election in the United States?”

3. Not Preparing for Your Interview
At your biometrics interview, you will receive a book with questions and answers for your citizenship test. Failing the test twice means your application will be denied.

4. Failing to Read the Questions Carefully
Is there anything in your background that prevents you from qualifying for citizenship?

5. Not Reviewing the Answers to Your N-400 Application Before Submission
An innocent omission or wrong answer can result in denial or even being charged with fraud.

Benefits Of Citizenship

If your citizenship application is denied, we can help you figure out the next steps. Naturalization to become a U.S. Citizen can bring many rights and privileges, such as voting in elections and becoming eligible for certain government jobs. There are also financial benefits associated with becoming a United States citizen. Understanding all the rights and responsibilities associated with becoming a United States citizen is important before applying for naturalization.

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Do You Want to Become a U.S. Citizen? Talk To A Citizenship Lawyer

The immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office work with you to evaluate your immigration status and guide you in your journey to becoming a U.S. citizen. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 630-912-0322. 

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