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Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson - Jacobson & Han LLP, Immigration Attorneys
510 West 6th Street, Suite 326
Los Angeles , California 90014
(213) 620-0222
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We often have clients who file for U.S. Citizenship without consulting with an Immigration Lawyer and then ask why they have been placed in Deportation (Removal) Proceedings before the Immigration Judge.  Obtaining U.S. Citizenship is not as easy as just being a green card holder (Lawful Permanent Resident) for 5 years (3 years, if applicable).  This does not necessarily mean that you cannot apply for naturalization, but you should talk with an immigration attorney before filing so that you do not end up in Immigration Court Proceedings and possibly lose your green card and be deported. 


If any of the following is true for you, you will need legal advice BEFORE applying for citizenship.




  • You have been out of the U.S. for more than 6 months at a time since getting your green card.
  • You have moved to another country since getting your green card.




  • You have been arrested for, charged with, convicted of, or have admitted committing a crime.
  • You have been or are a drug abuser or addict or CIS may have reason to believe you are a drug trafficker.
  • You have been involved in prostitution or commercialized vice.
  • You have engaged in or are engaging in activity CIS calls “terrorist activity”.
  • You have been involved with illegal gambling.
  • You are on probation or parole from a criminal conviction.
  • A court has determined that you violated a protection order.
  • You are in deportation or removal proceedings, or have a deportation order – past or present.
  • You have helped someone come to the U.S. illegally, even if the person is your child or spouse.




  • The information on your citizenship application differs from or contradicts the information you gave to get your green card or another immigration status.
  • You have made false statements to retain or obtain an immigration benefit, including your green card.




  • You are a male and did not register for the Selective Service between the ages of 18 and 26.




  • You have failed to pay taxes or paid as a non-resident.
  • You have not supported your children (child support).




  • You are what CIS calls a habitual drunkard.
  • You came to the U.S. to practice polygamy.

  • You have voted or registered to vote in any election in the U.S.
  • You claimed to be a U.S. citizen but were not.

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