While most immigrants understand that their citizenship application can be denied, it is important to understand the many reasons that can be used for denial. By understanding the application requirements and common problems applicants encounter, you can improve your chances of having a successful application. This can greatly reduce the time spent waiting to become a citizen.
Don’t wait until you have already started an unsuccessful or questionable petition – consult with an experienced Austin immigration lawyer as soon as possible. Austin immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray, P.A. has helped many clients file successful citizenship petitions. Call (512) 215-4407 today to see how we can help you and your family.
The Most Common Reasons for Denial
According to the Cato Institute, denials of citizenship applications have jumped a staggering 37 percent under the Trump Administration. This reflects a sad reality about the immigration process – it is highly political, and government bureaucracy can dramatically affect an individual’s legal rights. Some of the common reasons for denial are easy to avoid. For example, male applicants between the ages of 18 and 26 must register for the selective service. Failure to pay taxes, child support, or alimony can result in a denial. There are also time requirements for both physical presence in the United States and continuous residence here. (Travel abroad can disrupt both your physical presence and continuous residence, so it is important to be sure you are not traveling abroad immediately prior to filing a citizenship application.) An applicant can address these and other problems before applying for citizenship so that there are no unpleasant surprises or unnecessary delays.
Unfortunately, other situations can become far more complicated. For example: lying on prior immigration documents, or fraud in obtaining a visa or green card, can be used to deny citizenship. But what if this was an honest mistake, as opposed to intentional fraud? In such cases, the applicant may have to argue his or her case to an immigration court in order to overcome this obstacle. Even more complicated is the applicant’s criminal history. The length of time since the crime was committed, the circumstances and severity of the offense, and other factors determine whether the crime will be used to deny citizenship. In some unfortunate cases, the crime is so severe that simply disclosing it on a citizenship application can be grounds for denial of an existing visa or permanent residency status. Be very careful to consult with an immigration attorney about all past criminal history before applying for citizenship.
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Citizenship is an extremely important process. It invokes some of the most personal legal rights a person has. In many cases, a family’s ability to stay together is dependent upon the results of a permanent residency or citizenship application. Don’t leave these critical matters to chance. Let an experienced immigration lawyer help you through every step of the immigration process. Schedule your consultation with Michael G. Murray, P.A. today by calling (512) 215-4407 or contacting us online.
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