Many people spend years of living in the United States, trying to obtain U.S. citizenship. Some even go the distance and employ all the needs necessary to obtain citizenship. This includes lying, hiding information and deliberate deceit.
U.S. citizens can never really lose their citizenship. However, there are a few exceptions. Listed below are a few reasons why you could lose your United States citizenship.
It Was Wrongfully Gained
If you did not have a United States citizenship, to begin with, but you spent years living and working in the U.S., the chances are that you have had your moment and you passed “the test” and that you are now a U.S. citizen.
However, what if you gained your citizenship in “a wrong way”? For example, if you were engaged in any sort of criminal activities in the past, or if you have been a member of an organization (KKK, Nazi party, terrorist organization) to which you contributed to a full extent, you may lose your citizenship. Of course, this is done through a criminal proceeding in a federal court.
The process of “denaturalization” takes a while, and you may end up getting deported back to your country of origin. But this is not all; your family members may also get deported, and anyone found living in your home (friends too) could face the same consequences. You will have your passport revoked, and your stay in the United States will come to an end.
Sadly, many people are denaturalized every year. Even those who never broke the law and were hard working and law-abiding individuals. If it is discovered that they intentionally lied to gain access to the country, or hide some important information from the government officials, they could face these consequences.
If you have any questions about the citizenship or immigration, speak with Salt Lake City citizenship attorneys at Familia America Immigration. They could help you retain your citizenship and potentially save you from deportation.
Giving up the Citizenship
Native-born Americans or naturalized U.S. citizens could voluntarily give up their citizenship. However, this is rarely the case. A person must:
- Voluntarily perform any of the seven “expatriating” acts defined by the law
- Perform the act or acts with a conscious desire to abandon their nationality
The seven expatriating acts include:
- Becoming a citizen (naturalized) of another country after the age of 18
- Formally declaring allegiance to another government (after the age of 18)
- Accepting a position in the government of another country
- Joining the military force of another country
- Being convicted of treason or participating in any attempts to overthrow the U.S. government
- Formally renouncing the U.S. nationality before a U.S. diplomatic or consular officer
- Formally renouncing U.S. nationality in the United States when the U.S. is in the state of war (if done in writing and with the approval of the U.S. Department of Justice)
For more information on citizenship, schedule a free consultation with citizenship attorneys in Salt Lake City at Familia America Immigration today. And if you have problems with your citizenship, the attorneys could help you deal with the situation and protect your legal rights in the process.