Understanding the Revocation of Naturalization: How Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law Can Help

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Revocation of Naturalization

Naturalization is the process by which a non-U.S. citizen voluntarily becomes an American citizen, a significant milestone in an immigrant’s journey. It is a testament to one’s commitment to the United States and its values, granting the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Unfortunately, there are rare instances where this cherished status can be revoked.

Naturalization can be revoked if an individual is found to have obtained citizenship through fraudulent means, such as misrepresenting or concealing relevant facts. This process, known as denaturalization, strips the legal status and privileges once granted.

At Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, we recognize the gravity of such a situation and provide skilled legal assistance to those confronting these challenges. With our experience and dedication, we guide our clients through the complexities of immigration law, including addressing concerns about potential revocation of naturalization.

What is Revocation of Naturalization?

Revocation of naturalization, or denaturalization, is the legal process by which the U.S. government cancels an individual’s naturalized citizenship. This can occur when it is discovered that the naturalization was obtained through fraudulent means. As a law firm with extensive experience in immigration law, we ensure our clients understand the severity and consequences of such actions.

The legal grounds for revocation of naturalization under INA 340 include:

  • Illegal procurement of naturalization

  • Concealment of a material fact or willful misrepresentation

  • Affiliations with subversive groups

  • Dishonorable discharge from the armed forces, affecting those who gained citizenship through military service.

If an individual faces denaturalization cases, it is paramount to consult with legal professionals. At Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, we prioritize integrity and thoroughness in our practice. Our work is fundamental to understanding cases like Maslenjak v. United States, where the Supreme Court has opined on what constitutes a material fact. 

We focus on providing distinguished guidance and safeguarding legal immigration status with a deep commitment to family-based immigration. 

Proceedings for denaturalization are typically initiated in the district court where the individual resides, as stipulated by 18 U.S.C. 1425. Our role is to navigate these complexities and offer our clients steadfast legal support throughout the process.

The Legal Process of Revocation

The process commences with the Department of Justice (DOJ), which must file an action in federal court, as it is the sole avenue through which naturalization can be revoked.

  • Initiation: The action is typically based on evidence of misrepresentation or failure to comply with naturalization standards.

  • USCIS Involvement: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may also investigate potential revocation cases.

  • Court Proceedings: The federal court system then reviews and determines whether the naturalized citizen procured naturalization illegally.

Having legal representation is vital, as proceedings can be complex and determining. If you or a loved one find yourself in such a position, professional legal advice may be the bulwark safeguarding the life that you have built in the United States.

Consequences of Naturalization Revocation

When the U.S. government revokes naturalization, the affected individual immediately loses U.S. citizenship. This action is legally recognized as if the citizenship never existed, reverting the person’s status to that before naturalization.

  • Deportation: One of the gravest consequences is the potential for deportation. Without citizenship, the person may no longer have the legal right to remain in the U.S.

  • Federal District Court Involvement: Revocation cases are heard in federal district court, where the government has a high burden of proof to establish that citizenship was illegally procured or “improperly granted.”

Relating to the family:

  • Impacts on Children: Children’s derivative citizenship status, predicated on a parent’s naturalization, could also be put at risk.

  • Permanent Residence: Some individuals may revert to lawful permanent residence if applicable, yet could still face removal proceedings based on the reasons for citizenship revocation, such as a criminal conviction.

For detailed guidance on these legal processes, Chapter 3 of the USCIS policy manual offers valuable insight.

Our firm understands the distress people feel when facing these issues and stands ready to use our immigration expertise to defend and guide affected parties through these strenuous times.

How to Protect Your Naturalization Status

As trusted immigration attorneys, we urge clients to protect their naturalization status carefully. Accuracy is key, beginning with the naturalization application for you to acquire citizenship. We recommend thorough and honest disclosure of all relevant information. Any omissions or misrepresentations can lead to revocation.

During the naturalization interview, it’s essential to demonstrate good moral character and an attachment to the U.S. Constitution. These are not merely formalities but commitments the United States takes seriously.

If you’ve served in the U.S. Armed Forces, this service may favorably impact your naturalization process. However, it’s still critical to maintain transparency and compliance with all requisites.

We advise regular maintenance of your immigration records — promptly update any life changes. Additionally, semi-annual consultations with our attorneys can ensure ongoing eligibility and compliance.

Our firm embodies passion and determination to guide you with professional and confidential assistance through the complex immigration landscape. Let us safeguard the legal status that allows you to thrive in the U.S.

Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law: Your Ally

In the face of revocation of naturalization—a profoundly serious and complex legal challenge—the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney might engage in meticulous actions that could potentially lead to one appearing before a federal court. Our firm, Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, stands as a bulwark of defense in such precarious situations. 

We are seasoned in navigating the tumultuous waters of the legal process, ensuring your voice is heard, and rights are preserved.

Our Legal Services:

  • Defense in Revocation: Exemplary legal representation against revocation cases.

  • Navigating Complexities: Skilled in addressing intricate provisions involving the Attorney General and federal administrations.

  • Custom Legal Strategies: Each case is unique—we craft bespoke strategies to counter allegations effectively.

At Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, we blend knowledge and determination to protect our client’s immigration status. Trust us to provide the legal shield needed to secure justice and fairness in your pursuit of upholding naturalization.


In immigration law, the revocation of naturalization is a serious and complex matter that requires thorough understanding and meticulous handling. At Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, we recognize the gravity of such scenarios and emphasize the necessity of legal representation.

Our seasoned attorneys are equipped to navigate the intricacies of the U.S. immigration system, committed to safeguarding your rights and maintaining the unity of your family. We believe in a personalized approach to each case, ensuring our actions are tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

Should you face the challenges of naturalization revocation, we urge you to contact us. Our team stands ready to provide you with professional, confidential guidance and to pursue every avenue to address your immigration concerns. Contact us for a consultation, and allow our experience to work for you.

FAQs on Revocation of Naturalization

Can a DUI/DWI conviction lead to revocation of naturalization? DWIs typically do not directly result in the loss of naturalized citizenship. However, if a DWI affects your immigration status, it can potentially impact naturalization processes. We provide legal counsel to navigate these complex situations.

What are the grounds for revocation of naturalization? Naturalization may be revoked if an individual procured citizenship through intentional misrepresentation or concealment of material facts. Omissions or false testimony during the naturalization process can lead to denaturalization proceedings.