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What to do if your naturalization application gets denied

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2024 | Immigration Law

Applying for naturalization is a big step toward becoming a citizen, but sometimes applications get denied. When this happens, it can be a frustrating and confusing experience, leaving you uncertain about the next steps.

Knowing what to do if your naturalization application gets denied can help you stay calm and take proactive steps to address the issue.

Review the denial letter

The first step is to carefully review the denial letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This letter will outline the reasons for the denial. Pay close attention to these reasons, as they will guide your next steps. The letter may also provide information on how to appeal the decision.

File an appeal

If you believe the denial was a mistake, you can file an appeal. Use Form N-336 to request a hearing with a USCIS officer. You must file this form within 30 days of receiving the letter. At the hearing, you can present new evidence and clarify any misunderstandings from your initial application.

Reapply for citizenship

In some cases, it might be better to reapply for citizenship rather than appeal. If your naturalization application was denied due to missing information or minor errors, correcting these issues in a new application might be quicker. Make sure to address all the reasons for the denial in your new one to improve your chances of approval.

Seek help from community organizations

Many community organizations offer assistance with naturalization applications. They can provide guidance, help you understand the denial reasons, and assist with filing an appeal or a new application. These organizations often have experience with the naturalization process and can offer valuable support.

Prepare for the next steps

Whether you choose to appeal or reapply, preparation is key. Gather all necessary documents, review your application thoroughly, and consider attending classes to prepare for the citizenship test. Being well-prepared can make a difference in the outcome of your next attempt.

If your naturalization application gets denied, take immediate steps to understand your options and improve your chances of future success.