Denial of Naturalization
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Applying for naturalization is often the final step in a long journey to
citizenship. After many years of jumping through the hoops of the U.S.
immigration process, it can feel devastating to receive the news that
your application for naturalization was denied. Our Garden City
immigration attorneys can help you fight for your application and appeal the decision.
Get in touch with the
Kapoor Law Firm to learn how we can assist you. Call (516) 806-4070 .
Reasons Your Application May Have Been Denied
If you plan to
appeal the decision, you will need to understand why your application was denied
in the first place. Here are some common reasons that your application
for naturalization may have been denied.
Reasons for Denial:
Failed English or Civics Test: The English proficiency test and the civics test both can be stressful
steps in the naturalization process. Most people do past the tests, but
it is understandable that nervous test-takers may not do as well as they
would like. If you have failed the test, you can reschedule to take the
portion you failed within 60 to 90 days. If you fail a second time, however,
you will be unable to appeal. You may be able to claim an exemption from
the test, so be sure to discuss your options with your immigration lawyer.
Criminal History: During your naturalization process, you will need to undergo a background
check, which will look for any criminal activity, both in the U.S. and
in other countries. Some convictions, such as murder or other aggravated
felonies, can result in being permanently barred from becoming a citizen.
Other crimes may only require a temporary bar, which may only be in place
for 3 to 5 years. If you have prior criminal history, consult your immigration
attorney for help. In some cases, may be possible to mitigate the harm
your criminal record can have on your application.
Fraud: Even small mistakes on your application can have very serious consequences.
If the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspect that you
have been untruthful with your application, it may be considered fraud.
The best case is that your application is only delayed, but your application
may be denied, and you may be placed into removal proceedings if the issue
is serious enough. If you are unsure of the details necessary for your
application, speak with an experienced immigration lawyer. Even if you
cannot answer questions completely, they can help you demonstrate your
attempts to locate and submit the relevant information.
Appealing a Denied Application
If your application has been denied after the interview, you will have
the opportunity to appeal the decision. The notice of denial will include
information about where you need to file your appeal, and whether the
decision is eligible for an appeal. Your appeal will be submitted using
Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings.
Requirements for Appeal:
- The appeal must be filed within 30 days of the denial.
- The appeal must include a copy of the denial, and any supporting documentation.
- The applicant must pay the appeal fee of $650, or submit a fee waiver using
- The applicant must be scheduled for an interview within 180 days of submitting
their request for appeal.
Get Help Today. Contact Our Garden City Immigration Attorneys - (516) 806-4070
Appealing your naturalization application after a denial can be a delicate
process, but our team at the
Kapoor Law Firm is ready to help you fight for your chances at citizenship. Our Garden City
immigration lawyers have the experience and skill needed to support your
appeal and help you argue your case. Learn what we can do to help you through
your immigration process by requesting a free, confidential case evaluation today.
Contact our law offices online, or by dialing (516) 806-4070.