Out of the thousands of forms that U.S. immigration services receives every day, the most common one is form N-400, the Application for Naturalization. This form has become more complicated over the years both in terms of content and length, more than tripling in size in recent years. Many who choose to fill out the application without professional help thus have their applications denied, resulting in spending more time and money.
Filling out the U.S. citizenship application might seem simple enough, but there are many reasons why your N-400 form can be denied.
- NOT PAYING TAXES
Be certain that you don’t owe any taxes to the IRS. Those with any outstanding tax obligations and who have not made any arrangements will find their US citizenship application will almost certainly be denied.
- NOT RENEWING YOUR GREEN CARD
To avoid any lapses in your immigration status, the Green Card renewal process should begin at least 6 months before it expires. Otherwise, having an expired Green Card can be a reason to deny your citizenship application.
- FAILING THE CIVICS TEST
The interviewee will be asked 10 out of a possible 100 questions on the naturalization test; they must answer 6 correctly in order to pass. If you do not pass the civics test, your citizenship application may be denied.
- POOR PERFORMANCE ON THE NATURALIZATION INTERVIEW
During your naturalization interview, US immigration services will asked about any possible changes to your application and your command of English will be tested. While it’s normal to feel nervous about the naturalization interview, failing it may mean your application is denied.
- FAILING TO REGISTER WITH THE SELECTIVE SERVICE
All males over the age of 18 must register with the Selective Service as part of their citizenship application process. Otherwise, a citizenship application can be denied, and refiling is more complicated.
- HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD
Some criminal offenses can be reason enough to deny your application for citizenship. Immigration officers will look for any activities on your record, including arrests, citations or law violations and make an appropriate decision.
- LYING ON THE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION
Providing false or misleading information on your U.S. citizenship application, whether purposefully or not, will likely cause it to be denied. Make sure that the information on your application is filled out accurately.
- HAVING A FALSE GREEN CARD
Possessing a false green card – whether through an innocent mistake or if it was deliberately acquired – your citizenship application will be denied. In some cases, the applicant can also be forced to appear before a judge for deportation proceedings.
As you can see, becoming an American citizen is not a simple affair. Because any number of things can cause your citizenship application to be denied, it’s in your best interest to file correctly – the first time.