US Citizenship Revoked? How Is That Possible?

Naturalization means that you are a lawful permanent citizen of the United States. However, the use of “permanent” is misleading – your US citizenship can be revoked. A naturalized United States citizen can have their  US citizenship revoked, a process known as denaturalization. While very rare, these cases do appear occasionally.

If you are denaturalized, the United States has the right to deport you.

What Grounds Qualify for Denaturalization?

The USCIS has specific reasons for the revocation of naturalization. As an individual who is naturalized, you have obligations while staying in the country. Furthermore, if you obtained naturalization illegally, the USCIS has the right to revoke even without warning.

Common Reasons for a Revocation of Naturalization

  • Falsifying or Concealing Facts: All forms submitted to the USCIS must have accurate and truthful facts. Even if the USCIS fails to recognize falsities during the application and interview, once they find those falsehoods, they have the right to enact denaturalization against you. For example, failing to disclose criminal activities or lying about your name qualify for denaturalization.
  • Refusal to Testify: If your alleged involvement in treasonous acts is under investigation, you might be called to testify at a U.S. congressional committee hearing. You are required to testify, and you do not have the right to refuse until you have had naturalization status for ten
  • Joining a Subversive Organization: Within five years of your naturalization, if you become a member of a subversive organization, such as any group that violates the allegiance of the United States (i.e. Al Qaeda or the Nazi Regime), you can have citizenship revoked.
  • Military Discharge: As a naturalized citizen, you can serve in the United States military. However, if you are dishonorably discharged from serving in the military, you may lose your citizenship. Events of dishonorable discharge that qualify for denaturalization include desertion and sexual assault, or any act that requires an official court martial.

The High Burden of Proof Requirement

While there are instances where one could be denaturalized, keep in mind that the government must meet an extremely high burden of evidence to succeed. Furthermore, an immigration attorney from Udall Shumway, PLC could help you with your defense during your denaturalization hearing and appeal the deportation order.

Speak with an immigration attorney from Udall Shumway PLC today at 480.461.5300 or request information about naturalization procedures online.

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