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Am I at risk of denaturalization?

The current presidential administration has immigrants in the New Orleans area and across the country living in constant worry that they will lose their right to stay in the United States. Even individuals who have become naturalized citizens feel the threat of deportation. Though denaturalization is rare, it can occur, especially now. 

Whether you have a green card or visa, certain acts can cause you to lose your U.S. citizenship. Take some time to review a few circumstances that can cause a permanent or naturalized person to become deported back to her or his country of origin and lose United States citizenship. 

Violating the terms of the green card or visa 

To become a naturalized American citizen, immigrants must provide complete and accurate information on their citizenship applications. This includes providing a complete background and criminal history. Those who misrepresent themselves, omit specific details or conceal information could find their citizenship revoked by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). 

Affiliation with progressive, radicals and subversive parties 

Newly nationalized individuals and anyone who has become a lawful, permanent citizen and has ties to or participates in unsanctioned activities are in danger of losing their permanent citizenship. 

Entering into a fraudulent marriage 

One path to U.S. citizenship for some immigrants is marriage. Immigrants are encouraged to apply for proper documentation as soon as possible after arriving in the U.S., but many of them do not. Those who pursue marriage as a means to remain in this country lawfully and annul their union or divorce in the two years before and after receiving their green cards risk deportation. 

There are many circumstances besides the ones listed above that can interfere with an immigrant’s legal and citizenship rights. If you or someone you know is dealing with an immigration issue or is in fear of losing citizenship, know that deportation is not immediate. You do have the right to appeal in court. In the meantime, your status changes to a lawful green card holder. Regardless of what your citizenship status is,  the risk of deportation is not one you should ignore.