Why is your U.S. Citizenship Application Denied?

Reasons For U.S. Citizenship Denial

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a lifelong realization for many immigrants. As of now, the N-400 form of U.S. Citizenship [naturalization] is one of the most common forms that U.S. immigration services receive. Being a U.S. citizen has its perks, such as getting the rights of a U.S.- born citizen, government benefits, etc. So one must treat the naturalization process with utmost care. Here are some of the reasons why your citizenship might be denied: 

Pending criminal/unlawful cases

The immigration experts always conduct a thorough review of the past behavioral history of the applicant. They will enquire even about the slightest form of an offense such as DUI(Driving Under Influence). If found guilty of a crime, not only your citizenship application gets rejected, but also you will have to face the arduous task of deportation.

Lack of physical presence 

Even though the rule does not say about restrictions on an individual’s movement outside the U.S., it would be better to skip long travels that extend up to six months in a given year. This kind of extended travel before your citizenship application can disqualify you. There are also some key points that you should adhere to when you apply for your citizenship: 


  • You should live in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for five years(In case of marriage to a U.S. citizen, three years would be enough) without any long duration of absence.
  • Before applying for naturalization, you must have been physically present for at least 30 months during the previous five years.
  • The applicant must be physically present in the U.S. from the time of citizenship application submission to confirmation of citizenship.

Fake details in a citizenship application

In this respect, any form of deception cannot be tolerated by the immigration officials and can further lead to denial of your citizenship. 

Green Card renewal

Every non-citizen must renew their green card from time to time. The green card renewal process should begin at least six months before its expiry to clear the application process of authorization issues. 

Proficiency in English

English is the primary language of the United States. To attain citizenship, an applicant’s proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking the language plays a key role. The interview and civics test are pretty challenging, and English proficiency can play an essential role in overcoming these challenges.

Failing the civic naturalization test

Obtaining U.S. citizenship is not an easy task as it demands basic knowledge about the United States. The test consists of 100 questions, and the USICS officials typically choose 10 of them. Out of these ten questions, the applicant must answer six questions correctly to pass the civics test. Failing to qualify for the test can result in denial of your application.

Underperforming in the personal interview 

During the personal interview, officials review the application. Suppose the applicant has an attorney; he/she is also allowed for the interview. The test scrutinizes the applicant’s proficiency in English. They ask questions to the applicant and check for inconsistencies in his/her answers and the information provided in the application form. Any inconsistency can lead to denial of citizenship. If the applicant fails either the test or the personal interview, he/she will be able to retake the test only after 60-90 days.

Not completing the selective service

Each male applicant of 18-25 years must register for selective service to attain citizenship. An immigrant should register for selective service within 30 days of arrival in the United States. The proof of selective service is given along with the citizenship application.

Rejection of your citizenship application is a terrible experience as it can ruin all the plans you have set for yourself and your family. To avoid all kinds of mishaps, we at citizenship selfie will work with you in every step of this endeavor. We are here to help you with all your queries. Kindly get in touch with our immigration lawyer for further guidance.


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