The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled that false statements made by an individual may result in her losing her citizenship if she lied about the facts that would have mattered to immigration officials.
What does this Supreme Court decision mean in practice?
According to the Court decision, citizenship revocation will occur when the individual misrepresents facts that the law deems incompatible with citizenship requirements and eligibility, and the false statement must have played a role in her naturalization. For example, the court noted, when the applicant misrepresents facts such as how much time the citizenship applicant has spent in the United States - this lie must have played a role in her naturalization.
The ruling set a higher bar for the government to convict naturalized citizens and trip them of their citizenship for making false statements in the application process. The unanimous Court said that using small omissions or minor lies to denaturalize immigrants went beyond what Congress authorized.
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If you are applying for citizenship, we strongly recommend seeking the advice of an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that you meet all the citizenship requirements. Contact us if you have any questions about the naturalization process. We are here to help.
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