The path to becoming an American citizen is one that is often challenging. If you are in the country legally and are trying to become naturalized, you need to ensure that you understand what it means. This can help you once you are ready to file to get the process started.
It is important to note that you do have many of the same rights as citizens who were born here, but there is an exception. For the first five to 10 years after you are naturalized, you can face the risk of a petition for denaturalization being filed against you if you don’t comply with certain guidelines. One of these is that you must comply with requests to testify before congressional committees related to specific matters. This requirement is in force for the first 10 years after your naturalization.
We know that you don’t want your hard work to be for naught, so you must ensure that you know what is allowed and what is forbidden. For example, if you use military service to become naturalized, you can’t receive a dishonorable discharge prior to serving at least five years. If you go through a court-martial and are discharged dishonorably prior to having five years of service, you can face denaturalization.
Having to face a petition for denaturalization is difficult because you know your entire life might be impacted by the outcome. You have to ensure that you understand the laws that apply to your case. We are here to help you learn about the options you have, so you can defend your interests before the court.