Can Your U.S. Citizenship Be Revoked?

Letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of naturalization with USA flag

If you become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you can lose your citizenship through the denaturalization process in rare circumstances. Please continue reading to learn how to avoid revocation of your naturalized U.S. citizenship and how a Middlesex County, New Jersey, Citizenship & Naturalization Lawyer can help you avoid deportation. 

What is Denaturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which a lawful permanent resident is granted U.S. citizenship. On the other hand, denaturalization is the process by which your legal status is removed. Essentially, the U.S. government will no longer recognize your U.S. citizenship. Denaturalization is only warranted under limited circumstances.

What Are the Grounds for U.S. Citizenship Being Revoked?

Generally, denaturalization is considered appropriate if an individual is convicted of an egregious crime like immigration fraud or engaging in terrorist groups. The most common reason that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) initiates denaturalization proceedings against an individual is for lying on their citizenship application. If their citizenship was wrongfully gained through misrepresentation or failure to disclose any relevant information on their application, their naturalization can be stripped away.

In addition, as part of the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, one must give an oath of allegiance to the country. This means an individual cannot engage in any subversive or terrorist group. If a person lies about having been a member of a subversive group in the past or ends up joining such a group after obtaining citizenship, this is grounds for UCIS to initiate denaturalization proceedings.

Another ground by which an individual can have their citizenship revoked is if they refuse to comply with court orders to testify in some instances. If an individual is ordered to testify in a case of allegations of harmful or subversive acts against the government, their citizenship can be revoked. Furthermore, those who are dishonorably discharged from the military can have their citizenship legally removed.

What Should I Do If I Need Help?

If you are denaturalized, you will not necessarily be deported. In some cases, you may return to the lawful permanent resident status you held before attaining citizenship. However, if the reason behind your denaturalization is also grounds for deportation, your removal proceedings will be initiated immediately.

If your U.S. citizenship is at stake, it’s in your best interest to work with an experienced lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC, who can help build the most robust possible defense and mount a vigorous appeal if or when necessary. Allow our firm to represent your interests today to maximize your chances of achieving the best possible outcome.

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