What to expect in Naturalization interview with USCIS officer

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When applying for naturalization, there are problems many applicants encountered during the interview process.  This is because they look at how you first get your green card and what actions you have made while a green card holder.  Listed below are some of them:

1.Proving good faith marriage.  You will be surprised that your are applying for naturalization and yet the USCIS is considering you as a green card applicant although your marriage happened ten years ago .  If you obtained your green card through marriage, no matter how many years has passed, they always asked questions and documents about whether your marriage is bona fide and what joint  documents support this marriage.

2.Proving family relationship if you were petitioned by your parents, siblings or as derivative of your parents.  You should be able to show proof of your relationship through marriage certificate, birth certificate, divorce or death certificate, whichever documents applied to your case.

3.If you were involved is a crime, no matter how minor you think it is, they will always look for documentation if you have been convicted and if you served your sentence.

4.There are crimes that will make you deportable when applying for naturalization.  This will include committing two crimes of moral turpitude or an aggravated felony.  Theft is a crime involving moral turpitude.  There are waiver available and you should talk to an immigration lawyer.

5.Green card holders who obtained their green card through misrepresentation may also be sent to removal proceedings.  These include those who committed marriage fraud or declared as single but actually married.  If you have this kind of problem you need to talk to an immigration attorney to find if you qualify for a waiver of fraud or misrepresentation.

6.Failure to file and pay your income tax may also disqualify you for naturalization.   If you have a payment plan agreement with the IRS and you keep paying the monthly payments you may be able to get approved.  Again you need to consult with an immigration lawyer about your situation.  

7.Failure to pay child support.  You may be denied if you fail to pay for child support.

8.If you stayed outside the U.S. for more than 180 days in a single year, you may be denied naturalization.  

9.If you lack the required period of residency, you may also be denied.

So that you will not have a problem when applying for naturalization, you should consult with an immigration attorney to avoid possible problem along the way.

Note:This is not a legal advice

If you have immigration problems the Law Offices of Crispin C. Lozano can help you find a solution before your problem gets worse which could lead to deportation and family separation.  

Success Stories

For the month of November 2021, we received approvals from USCIS three naturalization applications, one Fiancée visa petition, two removals of condition on residence and four adjustment of status applications.

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Chris Caday Lozano, Esq. is an active member of the State Bar of California, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers. He practices immigration law, bankruptcy and income tax preparation since June 1999.  His contact phone is 1-877-456-9266

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