If you are a foreign national and want to become a US citizen, you would be required first to get a US permanent resident status. After the minimum time of holding the Green Card, you can apply for US citizenship. However, not all permanent residents can get US citizenship. Certain factors can trigger questions about your eligibility to become US citizen. Here are the most common of those factors:
Bad moral character
If you have committed serious criminal offenses inside or outside the US, it can trigger questions about your eligibility to become US citizen. The problem is that the definition of serious crimes is very general, and sometimes even multiple DUI’s or drugs and gambling associated crimes can make you ineligible to become US citizen.
Using illegal methods to get Green Card
When you apply for US citizenship, it opens your complete immigration record to the USCIS. The officers will carefully take a look at your immigration history, and if it turns out that you have used illegal and fraudulent methods to obtain a Green Card, your application for US citizenship will be rejected.
Not meeting the eligibility requirements
To be eligible for US citizenship, you must be at least 18 years old. Also, you must meet other conditions like being a permanent resident of the US for the last five years and must have lived in the US for at least half of the entire time you have been a permanent resident.
Failure to pay taxes
After you apply for US citizenship, the USCIS officers will also take a look at your tax record. If you have failed to pay taxes regularly, it may lead to rejection of your application.
Failure to pay child support
The immigration officers consider it as a severe flaw in your character if they find that you have not paid child support. As such, your citizenship application would be rejected.
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