Why You Shouldn’t Apply for Citizenship

Oftentimes, the main goal of immigrants when they come to the United States is to eventually become US citizens. However, there are requirements and consequences of applying for citizenship that should be considered and discussed with an experienced immigration attorney before you send off the N-400.

 

1. Certain crimes make you ineligible for citizenship

 

One requirement for citizenship is that you must be a person of good moral character and have been a person of good moral character for at least five years immediately before filing the Form N-400 (3 years if your green card is based on marriage to a US citizen).  Certain types of criminal conduct automatically disqualify applicants from establishing good moral character and may even make the applicant subject to removal proceedings. These convictions are permanent bars to naturalization and tend to be serious crimes, such as murder and drug trafficking. Additionally, a conditional bar to naturalization will be imposed if, during the statutory period before applying, a crime such as controlled substance violations, prostitution, human trafficking, polygamy, being a habitual drunkard, adultery, or failure to support dependents is committed. You should always consult with an immigration attorney, in addition to a criminal defense attorney, if you are ever charged with a crime and are not yet a US citizen. Failure to do so can result in making you temporarily or permanently ineligible for citizenship. 

 

2. Getting US citizenship can cost you your home country’s citizenship

 

US law does not require a person to choose one nationality or another. However, it’s possible that your home country will not let you have dual citizenship. For example, China, India, and Saudi Arabia do not allow any type of dual citizenship. Therefore, if you are from a country that does not allow dual citizenship, and you become a US citizen, your home citizenship will automatically be revoked. For this reason, if your home country’s citizenship is a priority to you, you should check their laws on dual citizenship before applying for naturalization in the US.

 

3. Extended absences from the US can make you ineligible for citizenship

 

There are two additional requirements when applying for citizenship: 1) the continuous residence requirement and 2) the physical presence requirement.

 

Continuous residence requires that you cannot have a single absence from the United States that is longer than one year in the five years (or 3 years if the spouse of a US citizen) prior to applying. Even absences that are longer than six months but less than one year may disrupt your continuous residence. If you have been out of the US for longer than 6 months for one trip and are considering applying for citizenship, consult with an attorney to discuss whether you are currently eligible for citizenship or not.

 

To satisfy the physical presence requirement, an applicant for naturalization must have been physically present in the United States for at least half the time for which your continuous residence is required. Therefore, if you are the spouse of a US citizen, you are required to show you have been physically present in the US for half (18 months) of the 3 years immediately prior to filing. Otherwise, you are required to show you have been in the US for at least half (30 months) of the 5 years immediately before the date of filing your N-400. If you cannot satisfy this requirement, you are not eligible yet to apply for citizenship and should not apply.

 

Outlined above are requirements for citizenship and consequences if you apply but are not eligible. My name is Michael Ashoori and I'm a U.S. immigration lawyer and the founder of Ashoori Law. As an immigration lawyer, I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.  If you have any questions, feel free to schedule a free consultation by clicking this link.

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21:55 13 Oct 22
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19:39 13 Oct 22
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00:13 12 Oct 22
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19:36 11 Oct 22
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02:37 06 Oct 22
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01:04 06 Oct 22
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13:50 27 Sep 22
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20:02 24 Sep 22
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18:23 23 Sep 22
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17:05 22 Sep 22
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21:19 20 Sep 22
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18:20 09 Sep 22
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17:57 06 Sep 22
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23:31 01 Sep 22
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Kanwarbir Singh Minhas
22:32 29 Aug 22
Highly recommend law firm.Thanks to Ashoori Law firm.I have used their service for my E2 visa as well as E2 change of status as i needed both of them.I just got my E2 change of status approved.Great service by the Michael Ashoori and his team.... Very professional ,easy going and helpful. If you are looking for one, this is the place. I will be using their service for my E2 visa also and later on with future applications also.read more
marjan f
23:20 25 Aug 22
I had some immigration questions regarding my application, so I booked a free consultation time with their office. I received a call an hour later from Mr. Ehsan, a consultant of the office. He helped me with all my questions patiently and I have to... say that he was so professional and knowledgeable.I want to thank him for the time and consideration.read more
Sari Sari
22:04 25 Aug 22
Very informative videos and blog post! Very Easy to understand! Great customer service! Kudos!!
Rovie Sayson
21:21 25 Aug 22
Michael provided excellent service. Highly recommended!!!
Alan Kryemadhi
05:54 23 Aug 22
I called ashoori law firm after I watched their very helpfull videos on YouTube for an e2 visa application (most informative e2 videos on YouTube in my opinion).Hands down they are the BEST emigration attorneys! Although applying for the e2 visa... was completed, the whole process went very smooth. I was impressed by their quick responses! They are very responsive and informative. Cannot recommend them enough! Thank so much guys!read more
Bob Edge
15:05 20 Aug 22
They helped me applied for my mom's green card and provided guidance and assistance through the whole process and more!
Adam Weston
18:25 19 Aug 22
Although I am halfway through the immigration process with my wife, it has been an excellent experience so far. Ashoori Law is very responsive and gets back to me quickly when I have a question. They made everything very easy which is key. Highly... recommend.read more
Chel Onates
17:42 18 Aug 22
I would like to Thank Ashoori Law team specially to Jeser I really appreciated the updates and follow ups. I highly recommend this firm.
Martha Castrejon
17:52 17 Aug 22
I just got my E2 visa renewal,thank you for the great team of the best immigration Michael Ashoori law company,thanks Lahaina,james,Michael for your help,and would like to give you more than 5 stars,sure will continue to work with you.
Mahesh Lal Rawat
14:56 14 Aug 22
महेश लाल जिला फतेहपुर भारत
Sweta Bharodia
18:23 12 Aug 22
Michael Ashoori and his team were very helpful and guided us through each and everything in getting our E2 visa. I highly recommend Ashoori Law firm.Initially when were looking for E2 visa lawyer, we had been in contact with many lawyers, but we... are fortunate we made a correct decision by making Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer. For any visa application documentation is very important. Ashoori Law team gave us a very clear and easy to understand step by step application process, which made it very easy for me to collect the relevant documents and submit. Starting from setting up a new company for the business till getting visa, Ashoori law firm has been always there, they have always answered to all our questions to the best of their abilities. We are very satisfied by choosing Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer.They are very approachable and will answer all your questions quickly. Special thanks to Lahaina, Chris, Elaine and all the team members with whom we interacted during the visa application process.Sincerely,Sweta Bharodia.read more
Michael - David
12:45 11 Aug 22
It is my pleasure to testify to my extremely positive experience working with the Ashoori Law Team in regards to the recent renewal of my O-1 Visa. This Visa renewal was complex as it involved factors such as a patent I hold, the relationship with... the company that I am working with, as well as an arts and entertainment component. The members of the team were professional and attentive and were able to secure the renewal within a surprisingly short amount of time. I would highly recommend their services for anyone who is seeking the right immigration solution particularly where the petition has a business component.Sincerely,Michael-Davidread more
Jessie Vasquez Hurst
17:47 10 Aug 22
Ashoori Law made sponsoring an employee's visa very easy and free of stress. They explained everything in detail and were very prompt with their responses and action items. It was a very fast and smooth process that was not outrageously expensive. I... would definitely recommend them and use them again.read more
mubashir ahmed
01:56 10 Aug 22
Thank you so much Michael Ashoori for all your help regarding my wife's work Authorization as an E2- dependent. We truly appreciate your honesty and making this whole process very easy and straight forward for us from the time of the application... till getting the EAD card. Your whole team was exceptional in providing the great advice. Thank you for responding to our emails and phone calls promptly. Our special thanks to James and Lahaina, both were very active and efficient. This was our first experience with any immigration lawyer, and it was very pleasant.We highly recommend Michael Ashoori Law office for any immigration services.read more
Ritesh Chutani
19:11 09 Aug 22
Michael has been very helpful with my reentry permit application. He has been very prompt in answering all the questions I had. He explained how I should go ahead with my application and has supported all along in last few months since the... application process started. I highly recommend his services.read more
Junko Iizuka
22:43 28 Jul 22
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my gratitude to the Ashoori Law team, especially Kelly Raposa. Much of my time & energy was needed to go to the hospital daily to take care of my very sick mom. Thanks to Kelly’s genuine kindness... & willingness to answer even the smallest of questions, I was able to focus more of my time & energy on my mom, & was able to be by her side during her last final week. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone - from the moment I started working with them, it was evident that they deeply care about all their clients.read more
Travis Steinke
20:23 27 Jul 22
The team at Ashoori law were helpful throughout the entire visa experience. Would, and have, recommend to anyone looking into the E2 visa route. Thank you!
Pradeep Sharma
14:35 27 Jul 22
Great attorney and very impressed with the professionalism. Highly recommend this place for E2 visa needs.
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

President of Ashoori Law

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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