By Atty. Chris Caday Lozano
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Failure to pay child support.You may be denied if you fail to pay for child support.
- If you stayed outside the U.S. for more than 180 days in a single year, you may be denied naturalization.
- 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. By the way I am a Candidate for Hayward City Councilmember for the Nov. 3, 2020, elections. I need all the support of the Filipino Community.
- For the month of August 2020, we received three renewal of greencard and four naturalization approvals from USCIS.
- For the month of July 2020, we received two approvals of Naturalization applications from USCIS.
- For the month of June 2020, we received approvals from USCIS two naturalization applications, two renewal of green card and one adjustment of status.
- For the month of May 2020, we received approvals from USCIS for three green card renewals, two adjustment of status, and one naturalization application.
- For the month of April 2020. we received approval of one adjustment of status, three removal of condition on residence and one renewal of green card.
- For the month of March 2020, we received six Adjustment of Status and three Naturalization approvals from USCIS.
- For the month of February 2020, we received approvals from USCIS of five Adjustment of Status application andthree Naturalization application.
- For the month of January 2020, we received approvals from USCIS of five Adjustment of status applications,three N-400 applications for naturalization and three fiancé visa application.
- For the month of December 2019, we received four approvals of naturalization applications, five approvals of Adjustment of Status applications, two approvals of Petition to remove condition on residence, one renewal of green card approval and one green card application at the U.S. Embassy.
- For the month of November 2019, we received approvals of one naturalization application, one renewal of green card, one Petition to remove condition on residence and one adjustment of status.
- For the month of October 2019, we received five naturalization application approvals and two renewal of green card and one DACA approval.
- For the month of September 2019, we received approval of two naturalization applications, one adjustment of status and one application to remove condition on residence.
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.