Common Grounds for Denial of Naturalization Applications

By Atty. Crispin Caday Lozano

There are a number of grounds upon which you can be denied on your naturalization application. Usually, submitting an application will allow USCIS to review your application to obtain your green card and your entire file.

The USCIS will verify if your married is in good faith by the time you get your green card.  If you get your green card through petition by a relative, USCIS will verify whether your relationship with the petitioner is good at the time you get your green card.  This happen when a spouse petition an alien but at the time the green card was issued they were no longer married.  USCIS will also verify if your petition was based on unmarried status at the time of issuance of green card but actually you are already married when the green card is issued.  If the USCIS found out that the green card was issued in error, they can confiscate your green card and send you to removal proceedings.

The USCIS will also verify whether you have done something that will make you removable for the U.S.  Green card holders are subject to the grounds of deportability found in Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.). For instance, you can become deportable for having committed certain crimes or immigration violations, engaged in subversive or terrorist activities, or even failed to advise USCIS of your change of address within ten days of moving. If you happen to have spent six months or more outside the United States and then returned, you were also subject to the grounds of inadmissibility upon your return, which cover not only various crimes and violations, but the issue of whether you have become a public charge (received need-based government assistance) or developed certain physical or mental disorders that present a threat to the public or yourself.

If, during your application for citizenship, USCIS notices that you have become removable or were inadmissible upon entry to the U.S., it can place you into removal proceedings and you may lose your green card.

Note:    This is not a legal advice.


  1. On October 2, 2017, we received an approval of adjustment of status from USCIS for a client who entered without inspection but has Sec. 245(i).
  2. For the week ending September 15, 2017, we received three Immigrant Visa Approvals in U.S. Embassy Manila for three applicants who entered as seaman under the Provisional Waiver Program.
  3. For the week ending September 8, 2017, we received four N-400 Naturalization approvals.
  4. On August 31, 2017 we received an approval of adjustment of status for a client who problems with birth certificate which we corrected.
  5. On August 25, 2017, we received approval of I-751 removal of condition on same sex marriage/
  6. On August 18, 2017, we received two approvals for N-400 applications.
  7. On August 16, 2017, we received an approval of I-601A provisional waiver for a Mexican client.
  8. On August 10, 2017, we received a grant from the Immigration Court on a Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings for a client whose criminal case we have dismissed in criminal court.
  9. On July 18, 2017, we received an approval of green card at the U.S. Embassy Manila for the family of a client who was granted a waiver of misrepresentation. His wife and children were approved after the court granted the waiver.
  10. On June 28, 2017, we received a withdrawal of inadmissibility and removability charges from the Customs and Border Enforcement for a client who was charged with drug case while he was entering San Francisco Airport from the Philippines. The case was withdrawn after we have expunged the drug case in Criminal Court.


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.

Crispin Caday Lozano, Esq. is an active member of the State Bar of California, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.  He specializes in immigration law and personal injury.  For free consultation email or call ( / 1-877-456-9266)

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