If your U.S. citizenship application is denied by the USCIS, you will not become a U.S. citizen. Before coming to a conclusion on what to do next you need to understand the reasons for your application denial.
Common Reasons for U.S. Citizenship Application Denial
- Failing the U.S. Citizenship Test
- Committed Crimes
- Not meeting continuous residence requirements
- Not meeting physical presence requirements
- Not fulfilling financial obligations
- Committing fraud
- Lying to the USCIS
- Young men failing to register for selective service
Can you re-apply for U.S. citizenship if your application is denied?
In most cases, you can re-apply for citizenship once you meet the eligibility requirements.
If you fail your U.S. citizenship test, you get a second chance to take the test. If you fail the test a second time, your application will be denied. In this situation, you can re-apply as soon as possible. You will have to complete the application and pay the filing fees again. You can avoid this situation by preparing well for the citizenship test.
In cases where your application was denied for not meeting the eligibility requirements, you can re-apply as soon as you meet the requirements.
In cases where your application was denied based on crimes committed, found inadmissible or you lied then you cannot apply for citizenship again.
There is an option to re-open or appeal the case. This should be done with the help of an experienced lawyer as it is complex and needs professional help.
Will Green Card be Cancelled if U.S. Citizenship is denied?
If your U.S. citizenship application is denied for simple reasons such as not meeting the eligibility requirements, failing the citizenship test, and other ineligible scenarios then you will still be a permanent residence (Green Card Holder).
However, if you are found to be inadmissible into the country in the first place or you obtained a Green Card by lying or you committed any other immigration fraud your Green Card can be revoked and you will be removed from the country.
If your citizenship application is denied it is best to connect with an immigration lawyer and move forward with your application.
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