Your application for U.S. citizenship can be denied for a variety of reasons and surely you don’t want that to happen.

It’s helpful to know some common problems that will affect your U.S. citizenship application how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) addresses them.

Child Support

During application, you’re required to prove that you financially support your minor children who don’t live with you.

Applicants who are delinquent with their child support payments may be denied citizenship, however, owing back child support isn’t an automatic bar to your naturalization.

If you can provide a reasonable explanation as to why you’re behind on your child support payments, you may still be able to naturalize.

Good Moral Character

You must also demonstrate that you’re a person of good moral character (GMC).

To determine whether an applicant has good moral character, USCIS runs a criminal background check and attempts to determine if the applicant has lied during the naturalization process.

One of the best ways to prove good moral character is gathering letters in which is clear that you don’t have any criminal history and has established good relationships with your community. We talk about that in one of our latest posts about letter demonstrating Good Moral Character. Go and read more about it.

Selective Service

You must be willing to support and defend the United States and the Constitution, and a way to show your dedication is to register with the Selective Service System if you’re required to do so.

If you’re required to register and haven’t done so, register at a U.S. Post Office or on the Selective Service System’s website.

Also, If you were required to register but failed to do so before you turned 26, you must fill out and submit the Selective Service System’s Request for Status Information Letter, and then submit your statute information letter to USCIS.


If you owe back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), your application for citizenship will likely be denied.

However, if you can show that you’re making an effort to resolve your tax issues, you may still be eligible for naturalization. So, it’s a good idea to contact the IRS and work to resolve any tax issues that you might have as soon as possible.

Remember to contact us if you need help with your U.S. citizenship application process, we would be pleased to help you!