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Can I be denied citizenship based on a "fraudulent enlistment" from the military 4 years ago?

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I was denied citizenship based on the fact that I obtained a "fraudelent enlistment" code from the military, it wasn't a dishonorable discharge, I was discharged before completing basic training.

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It is possible.

You should wait at-least 5 years.

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You will need to show good moral character for 5 years before you can apply.

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You need to show you have good moral character. You need to wait at least 5 years before applying. Consult an attorney


You must show good moral character for five years prior to the application. You should work with an attorney so that your next application will be successful.

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In general, in adjudicating naturalization petitions, the USCIS has extensive discretion in assessing conduct that evinces lack of good moral character during the five years before the filing of the petition (three years for petitions based upon marriage to a U.S. Citizen). Some events during the five-year (or three-year) period, while not themselves sufficient to bar naturalization eligibility, nonetheless can authorize the USCIS to look beyond the five-year (or three-year) period. Fraudulent conduct in seeking immigration benefits can produce a permanent bar. There is no substitute to engaging an immigration attorney to carefully assess all aspects of eligibility.

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Yes, fraud during the five years in which you need to show that you are a person of good moral character is a reason to deny your naturalization application.


In my opinion, any disruption of good moral character within past five years is a valid reason for such denial. Thus, a fraudulent enlistment" from the military 4 years ago qualifies for that denial.

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Naturalization Applications can look deceivingly simple. In actuality, a lot of checking is done behind-the-scenes for N400s. You should be sure to get screened BEFORE applying so you are not subjected to denials which waste money and time. Please see my post on N400s here:

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Five years from the fraud--so you may only have one (1) more year to wait before you apply since the ELS was four years ago.

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