Embarking on the journey to U.S. citizenship is a significant decision. It is also a complex process filled with numerous requirements and procedures.
By understanding the factors that can negatively affect your citizenship application, you can better prepare yourself and increase your chances of succeeding.
Past legal issues
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) takes into consideration an applicant’s moral character when deciding on citizenship applications. If you have a serious criminal record, it may be harder for you to prove that you have the required good moral character for citizenship. Additionally, providing false information on your application or during your interview can be detrimental to your case.
Insufficient command of English and lack of U.S. history knowledge
You will need to pass both an English test and a civics test to qualify for citizenship. Enrolling in classes can be a helpful way to gain the necessary proficiency and knowledge. Consistent study and practice greatly increase your chances of passing. If you do not pass these tests on your first attempt, you are generally allowed one more attempt, usually within 60-90 days of the initial test date.
Failure to meet physical presence requirements
To qualify for U.S. citizenship, you must have spent a certain amount of time physically present in the U.S. If you have taken long trips outside the U.S., this might disrupt the continuity of your physical presence. Therefore, you need to plan your travels carefully during your application process.
The path to U.S. citizenship comes with challenges, but with adequate preparation, you can navigate the process successfully.