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At Kasturi Law, LLC, our Naperville and Schaumburg immigration and nationality law attorney and law firm founder, Shobhana Kasturi, has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in Illinois and nationwide who are applying to become U.S. citizens.

Given her extensive experience as an attorney and a first-generation immigrant, Shobhana Kasturi is well-versed in the common mistakes that can occur during the citizenship application process. These mistakes, if not avoided, can significantly delay the process or even result in your application being denied. It’s crucial to be aware of them.

Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for U.S. Citizenship

What are the Major Mistakes Individuals and Families Should Avoid When Applying for Citizenship in the United States?

Before embarking on your journey to citizenship, it’s essential to ensure you meet all eligibility requirements. These include residency, physical presence, good moral character, and English language proficiency. Failing to meet these requirements can lead to your application being denied, underscoring the importance of fulfilling them.

Other common mistakes to avoid when applying for U.S. citizenship include:

  • Incomplete or Inaccurate Application

Submitting an incomplete or inaccurately complete citizenship application (Form N-400) will lead to avoidable delays or denial. Double-check all information for accuracy and ensure that you provide truthful responses to all questions.

  • Not Submitting Required Documents

Include all required documents with your citizenship application, such as copies of your green card, identification documents, tax returns, and any other supporting evidence. Failure to provide the necessary documentation can delay processing or lead to denial.

  • Missing Deadlines

Be aware of any deadlines associated with your citizenship application, such as biometrics appointments or interviews. Failure to attend scheduled appointments or respond to requests for additional information within the specified timeframe can result in delays or denial.

  • Not Disclosing Criminal History

When completing your citizenship application, be honest about your criminal history. Failing to disclose criminal convictions or providing false information about your criminal history can result in your application being denied.

  • Failing the English or Civics Test

Prepare thoroughly for the English language and civics tests, part of the naturalization process. Practice speaking, reading, and writing in English, and study U.S. history and government topics to ensure success on the civics test.

  • Not Preparing for the Interview

If your application is selected, prepare thoroughly by reviewing it, practicing interview questions, and gathering any additional documents or evidence that may be requested. Failing to prepare for the interview can result in the denial of your application.

  • Not Seeking Legal Advice if Needed

If you have complex immigration issues or concerns about your eligibility for citizenship, consider seeking advice from an immigration attorney or accredited representative. They can guide the naturalization process and help you avoid common pitfalls.

At Kasturi Law, LLC, our immigration practice is driven by the desire to give a voice to those who most need it, including those seeking to become U.S. Citizens.

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Whether you prefer an in-person meeting, a phone call, or a Zoom session, we are here to accommodate you. You can even schedule a consultation directly using our online calendar, choosing between 30-minute or 60-minute timeframes. We value your time and want to ensure that your immigration questions receive the attention they deserve, helping you move forward confidently.