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How many immigrants are denied naturalization every year: data for 10 years

Naturalization - the process that immigrants go through to become citizens - was first incorporated into U.S. law with the adoption of the Naturalization Act in 1790. Writes about this The dallas morning news.

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Then naturalization was open only to the "free white man."

Naturalization is currently open to immigrants of all races and ethnic groups. After taking the oath of allegiance at the swearing-in ceremonies, immigrants are endowed with the same basic rights as citizens born in the United States. They go ahead with the opportunity to vote and get a US citizen passport.

But naturalization requires more than just filling out an application.

Immigrants usually spend thousands of dollars filing applications and paying for legal services and must reside in the United States for several years as legal permanent residents before they can qualify for naturalization.

Even then, tens of thousands of immigrants are denied citizenship every year.

How many immigrants are denied citizenship every year. Two indicators of naturalization from 2009 to 2018 were considered:

  • How many naturalization applications does the federal government receive
  • How many of these applications are rejected.

Between 2009 and 2018, an average of 77 (724%) applications for naturalization were rejected, although their number varied each year:

  • 2009 - filed: 570 - rejected: 442 (109%)
  • 2010 - filed: 710 544 - rejected: 56 994 (8,02%)
  • 2011 - filed: 756 008 - rejected: 57 065 (7,54%)
  • 2012 - filed: 899 162 - rejected: 65 874 (7,32%)
  • 2013 - filed: 772 623 - rejected: 83 112 (10,75%)
  • 2014 - filed: 773 824 - rejected: 66 767 (8,62%)
  • 2015 - filed: 783 062 - rejected: 75 810 (9,68%)
  • 2016 - filed: 971 151 - rejected: 86 033 (8,85%)
  • 2017 - filed: 986 851 - rejected: 83 176 (8,42%)
  • 2018 - filed: 810 548 - rejected: 92 586 (11,42%)

Citizenship Requirements

Before immigrants can apply for naturalization, they must be legal permanent residents for three to five years. Immigrants who receive green cards through their spouses can naturalize in three years.

Immigrants should also:

  • Be over 18 years old when applying for naturalization;
  • Speak, read and write in English;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of American laws;
  • Must have a "good moral character";
  • It is necessary to demonstrate attachment to the United States and the Constitution.

“Obtaining a legal permit for permanent residence sounds like a simple process, but immigrants can wait years for a decision,” said Zhanna Batalova, senior political analyst at the Institute for Migration Policy.

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The right to legal permanent residence can be obtained through a family, work or many other categories. But there are restrictions on the number of issued green cards in each country.

Some immigrants wait until 20 years to obtain a permanent residence permit.

“The devil is in the details, and usually these details are lost in the public debate and how we talk about the immigration system,” Batalova said.

Why are some immigrants not naturalized or denied

According to the report of the Department of Homeland Security, in 2015, about 9 million legal permanent residents were entitled to natureAlization.

Batalova said that immigrants are sometimes satisfied with the benefits that the green card gives them, and they are comfortable staying with that status. Some worry they won’t pass the English test. Across the country, about 90% of immigrants pass a civil exam.

“Some immigrants have their own reasons. This may be a financial constraint or a choice, because they do not want to renounce the citizenship of their country, ”said Batalova.

Mexico, for example, did not allow Mexicans living abroad to hold dual citizenship until 1998, and this prevented many Mexicans from obtaining US citizenship.

Applying for naturalization is expensive for immigrants. “If you have three or four family members, this is a lot of money,” said Batalova.

Some immigrants simply expect their naturalization applications to be approved or rejected. As of September 2019, there were about 650 applications for naturalization pending in the country.

“It is important to report that the fluctuations in the number of naturalized immigrants can be explained by how difficult it is to apply for citizenship in the first place,” Batalova said.

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