Can the government withdraw my citizenship?
Yes, the U.S. government is authorized to revoke/withdraw a person’s naturalization/citizenship through a process called denaturalization. The government can only denaturalize individuals who became citizens after filing USCIS Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This means if you were born in the U.S., the government cannot denaturalize you.
Once denaturalization occurs, the foreign national will revert back to their immigration status before they became a citizen. There are several reasons why the government may want to denaturalize an individual, such as:
- If a foreign national entered into a fake marriage to obtain a Green Card and later becomes a naturalized citizen, the U.S. government can seek to denaturalize the foreign national since the marriage was not entered into in good faith.
- If a foreign national made material misrepresentations on his/her immigration documents and eventually becomes a naturalized citizen, the U.S. government can denaturalize the foreign national.
- If a foreign national applies for naturalization based on military service, but was later dishonorably discharged, the U.S. government can denaturalize the foreign national.
- If a foreign national commits a crime but does not inform the government during the naturalization process, the U.S. government can denaturalize the foreign national.
On February 26, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of a section dedicated to investigating and litigating revocation of naturalization.
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