US citizenship application could be approved,denied or examination continued.



On a US citizenship application the USCIS has 120 days to decide from the initial naturalization interview date. In a district court the US citizenship applicant can apply for judicial review if decision is not taken within 120 days since the interview. Based on the laws, governing policies, regulations and precedent decisions the officer must make a decision.

As outcome the officer may decide one of the following:

  • The application is approved
  • Office might not make a decision and continue with the examination and for more information will reschedule applicant or for other appropriate reasons
  • The application is denied.

At the end of the interview the applicant will be provided a notice of results by the officer for whatever the result may be. Information about the result of the interview would be provided in the notice along with steps to be followed for cases which require continuation of examination.

Naturalization Application is approved?

The application goes through necessary internal procedures if an officer approves a naturalization application. Then the USCIS office schedules a ceremony for the administration of the Oath of Allegiance for which the applicant should appear. A revaluation of approved application for quality is included in the internal procedures. Re-verification is done by a different officer not the one who conducted the interview. After conducting the re-verification of the US citizenship application the officer does not deliver judgment but any eligibility issues may be raised by him. After approval of the application for cases where USCIS identifies potential information for which it is disqualified the USCIS does not schedule an applicant for the Oath of Allegiance. USCIS will issue a motion to reopen and reanalyze the US citizenship application if the disqualifying information is not resolved and the applicant is not eligible for naturalization.

Examination is to be continued?

Request for more evidence:

In case additional information is needed in order to make a perfect decision on the application the officer issues a written request for evidence to the applicant. To respond to a request for evidence USCIS generally permits a period of 30 days for the applicant.

Following should be included in the request for evidence:

  • According to request of officer the specific documentation or information
  • The applicant might respond  in which ways; and
  • In order to reply the time period given to the applicant.

Within the specified time the applicant must respond to the officer’s request for evidence. On the timely submission of the requested evidence the officer will make a decision on the eligibility of the applicant. Based on the available evidence for the application the officer will be deliver a judgment if evidence as requested is not submitted on time.

Re-examination schedule

A second opportunity must be provided by the officer to the applicant to the test within 60 to 90 days from the initial date of examination if the applicant fails in any portion of the naturalization test.  Based on other grounds if the applicant is legally ineligible this is not possible. To resolve any issues on eligibility also an officer should schedule a re-examination. Subsequently the officer will approve, continue examination or deny the US citizenship application based on the reexamination results.

The application will be denied based on the applicant’s failure to meet educational requirements for US citizenship if the applicant fails to appear for the re-examination and also USCIS does not receive a timely or reasonable request to reschedule.  Within the denial notice other areas of ineligibility also should be included by the officer.

Naturalization Application is denied?

Within 120 days after the initial interview for naturalization application denial notice should be issued by an officer based on ineligibility or lack of prosecution to the applicant and his or her attorney or representative.  The following should be included in the written denial notice:

  • To support decision a clear and brief statement of the facts,
  • Specific details of eligibility requirements the applicant failed to meet should be mentioned, and
  • To request a hearing on the denial the necessary information for the applicant.
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