A foreign national who becomes a US citizen completes a process known as naturalization. Unfortunately, even after naturalization, the unthinkable can happen. US citizens can have their citizenship revoked through a process known as denaturalization. Now, the government cannot strip a Michigan resident of his or her citizenship without following through with the legal process or without reason.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services outlines illegal naturalization as one of the key factors that determine whether a person will be subject to denaturalization. By illegal naturalization, it means that the person was not eligible for naturalization. He or she did not meet the requirements initially. These requirements include:

  • Residence
  • Lawful admission for residence
  • Physical presence
  • Good moral character
  • Attachment to US Constitution

Any failure to comply with these requirements may be grounds for denaturalization. In addition, if a person deliberately deceives or refuses to disclose facts on his or her application or examination, he or she may lose citizenship. These facts do have to be material to the naturalization.

A person may be subject to denaturalization if he or she affiliates with certain organizations within the first five years of his or her naturalization. These organizations include the Communist party, terrorist organizations and totalitarian parties. The reason for this being that it does not align with valuing the US Constitution.

Even military veterans may find themselves subject to denaturalization. If a military member severs ties with the armed forces due to less than honorable conditions. This has to occur within five years of naturalization.

While this information provides you with the basics of what denaturalization is, you should not interpret it as legal advice.