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Citizenship may be revoked under Operation Janus

When entering the United States, many people have the intention of living the remainder of their lives here. However, in order to do so legally, the proper steps must be taken to ensure a residency that will not cause issues later on. Seeking citizenship is one way that individuals often hope to achieve this goal, but in some cases, if parties do not take the proper steps to obtain this status, it could be revoked.

California residents may be interested in the first instance of revoked citizenship under Operation Janus. Operation Janus came into action under the previous presidential administration and involves the investigation and prosecution of immigration fraud. The action has been in effect since 2010, but it was only weeks ago that the first naturalized citizen lost his status.

Reportedly, the man had entered the country in 1991 and missed an immigration hearing, which resulted in his being scheduled for deportation. However, he later sought asylum in the country, but married a U.S. citizen who applied for a visa on his behalf before the asylum application process was completed. It was noted that the man first gave a different name to the one that he eventually became naturalized under, but it was unclear whether this played a role in raising suspicions with the Department of Homeland Security and his eventual denaturalization.

Because losing naturalization status can cause considerable issues for a person, individuals interested in obtaining this status will undoubtedly want to ensure that they follow the correct application procedures. Any missing or inaccurate information could raise red flags that could cause an application to be denied or citizenship to potentially be revoked later. Therefore, individuals may wish to consult with California attorneys on their options for applying for citizenship.

Source: Woodbridge, NJ Patch, "First Man Stripped Of U.S. Citizenship In Immigration Crackdown", Carly Baldwin, Jan. 10, 2018

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