There are 2 ways to obtain US citizenship: by birth or by naturalization. For an immigrant, naturalization is the only way to obtain US citizenship. Similarly, denaturalization is the process by which the US government can revoke or cancel naturalized citizenship.
What Are the Common Reasons for Denaturalization?
Naturalization Obtained Through Misrepresentation
If the government finds out that you willfully deceived the application process or the interview, then your citizenship will be revoked. The following conditions apply:
- The applicant willfully misrepresented or concealed facts
- The misrepresentation was done on purpose
- The facts misrepresented directly affected the citizenship decision
- The applicant received the citizenship due to misrepresentation of facts
Another way a naturalized citizen can lose citizenship through misrepresentation is if they join a communist organization or a totalitarian or terrorist group within 5 years of becoming a citizen. It is considered misrepresentation as the citizen lied about complying with the US constitution.
Denaturalization Due to Fraud
If you tried to obtain citizenship unlawfully for yourself or another person, then you could be criminally convicted for fraud. If you are convicted of naturalization fraud, then your citizenship will be revoked without any due process.
Obtained Citizenship through Illegal Means
If you obtained US citizenship by not following the proper legal measures, then your citizenship will be revoked. It does not matter if it was due to any genuine mistake or willful deception. Immigrants are required to meet the following criteria for the naturalization process:
- Have legal permanent residence status
- Have a good moral character
- Have continuous physical residency in the US
- Compliance with the principles of the US constitution
If the applicant misrepresents any of the above-mentioned conditions, then your citizenship will be revoked.