Red flags for Naturalization – In one of our previous posts about naturalization, we discussed the process, how long you must wait to become a naturalized citizen, and processing times. The purpose of this entry to point out some of the “red flags” which an applicant must be aware of before they consider submitting a naturalization application.
If an applicant is unaware of these red flags, they may be assisting ICE by identifying themselves in their application as an individual whose green card should be revoked and even further, they could be subjecting themselves to possible removal hearings in the future.
What You Should Consider Before Applying for Naturalization
An applicant for naturalization must maintain a continuous residence in the United States and be physically present in the U.S. for a period of five years before they are eligible to naturalize. This timeframe may vary if the applicant received their green card due to marrying a U.S. citizen. Outside of the continuous residence and physical presence requirement, a naturalization applicant must also be aware of the following:
- Have they been absent from the U.S. for a period of six months or longer?
- Did they live in another country while being a permanent resident?
- Did they leave the U.S. for a period of thirty days or more while receiving public benefits?
- Have they failed or refused to support their dependents?
- Have they committed any crimes?
- Did they register to vote, even though they were not a U.S. citizen?
- Have they been in jail for more than 180 days?
- Have they ever had an immigration denied in the past?
If Any of These Red Flags Apply, What Should You Do?
It would be important for you to consider setting up a consultation with an attorney at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.
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