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3 factors that can impact your application for U.S. citizenship

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2022 | Immigration

If you apply for naturalization or citizenship in the U.S., there are several reasons they may be denied. 

Even though the process can be long and complex, it’s important to know some of the most common application issues when seeking citizenship. Learn about some of these here. 

Overdue taxes

If U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) discovers you owe the IRS back taxes, your citizenship application will probably be denied. However, tax concerns aren’t something that will automatically result in rejection for naturalization. 

You must show you are working to resolve your tax issues, and if you do this successfully, you may be considered for naturalization. 

Child support

If you are a parent, you must provide proof that you can financially support your minor children who aren’t living with you. For parents who have a child support order, you have to provide proof that you are compliant with it. 

If you are delinquent with these payments, you may be denied citizenship, but it’s not an automatic reason to be denied naturalization. If you have an explanation as to why you are behind on child support payments, you may be approved for naturalization. 

Selective service

You must agree to defend and support the U.S. and the Constitution to be eligible for naturalization. One way to do this is by registering with the Selective Service if you are male and of the appropriate age.

Avoiding issues when applying for U.S. citizenship

Knowing the issues that may arise if you are applying to be a U.S. citizen or for naturalization can help you avoid them. You should get to know your legal rights to ensure that you don’t make mistakes and that you have the best chance of having your application approved.