N-400 Application for Naturalization:
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Top Ten Reasons N-400 Applications Are Denied

1 – Failing the English Test

USCIS will schedule them to come back for another interview within 60-90 days of the first interview and will deny applicant’s Form N-400 if they fail the test a second time

2 – Failing the U.S. History and Government Test

There are 100 civics questions on the naturalization test

During the naturalization interview, applicant will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions in English

Applicant must answer correctly 6 of the 10 questions to pass the civics test

USCIS will deny application if test is failed the second time

3 – Criminal History

USCIS will obtain applicant’s biometrics and run a criminal background check

USCIS will check if applicant has committed a crime in other countries as well

Permanent denial of citizenship: If applicant has ever been convicted of a murder or aggravated felony (any crime of violence, or theft or burglary that resulted in a prison term of one year or more will be considered an aggravated felony)

Other crimes may result in temporary denial of citizenship, meaning applicant can reapply after five years (or three for applicants married to and living with a U.S. citizen)

4 – Failure to Meet Continuous Residence and Physical Presence Requirements

Travel outside the United States can disrupt applicant’s continuous residence

Applicant should avoid any trips abroad of six months or longer

5 – Failure to Pay Taxes

Applicant should develop a plan to pay the taxes so they can demonstrate to USCIS that they’re fixing the problem

6 – Willful Failure to Support Dependents

If an applicant for naturalization has a minor child or children who do not live with the applicant, it is necessary to prove that the applicant is providing adequate financial support

If there is a court order of support, it is important to have evidence of compliance with that order

7 – Fraud and Lying to USCIS

If USCIS believes that applicant’s answer to a question is deceptive or untrue, their Application for Naturalization will be delayed and could be denied regardless if the error was innocent or/and unintentional

If USCIS determines that a green card was issued (even many years before) in a fraudulent manner, citizenship may be denied

8 – Failing to Register for Selective Service

Men between the ages of 18 and 26 are expected to register for the Selective Service and provide proof for the purposes of naturalizing as a U.S. citizen

9 – Divorce

Those who apply for citizenship under the three year rule will need to prove that they are still married to the U.S. citizen spouse who sponsored them for legal permanent resident status

If they have divorced their applications will be denied

10 – Failure to Meet Three Month Residency Requirement

An applicant for naturalization must file their application for naturalization with the State or Service District that has jurisdiction over his or her place of residence

The applicant must have resided in that location for at least three months prior to filing

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