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Hello,



Guys please help. I sent my n400 last week, they cashed the check already but now I'm freaking out as I'm reading through some USC application experiences.



There were people who - when applying for a driver's license - mistakenly indicated they want to register to vote, and the USCIS initiated removal proceedings against them. I am really stressed now because I applied for my drivers license long time ago (7-8 years ago), I was knew to this country, I was a student and I do not remember if I knew that a non-citizen cannot vote. In fact I followed what other people did in the line with me (stupid head, if I just knew..). Again, I do not remember for sure but there is a possibility that I could have checked off that box for registering to vote. Now I'm completely shocked and I don't know what to do. I never voted though.



I would appreciate any advice on it.



Thank you!


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You will have a chance to explain it at interview.


N400

12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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Hello,

Guys please help. I sent my n400 last week, they cashed the check already but now I'm freaking out as I'm reading through some USC application experiences.

There were people who - when applying for a driver's license - mistakenly indicated they want to register to vote, and the USCIS initiated removal proceedings against them. I am really stressed now because I applied for my drivers license long time ago (7-8 years ago), I was knew to this country, I was a student and I do not remember if I knew that a non-citizen cannot vote. In fact I followed what other people did in the line with me (stupid head, if I just knew..). Again, I do not remember for sure but there is a possibility that I could have checked off that box for registering to vote. Now I'm completely shocked and I don't know what to do. I never voted though.

I would appreciate any advice on it.

Thank you!

Registering to vote is a serious issue... intentionally registering to vote is even more serious. I find it hard to believe that anyone was put into removal proceedings for accidentally registering to vote unless they also lied about it during their interview. It is not uncommon, however, for people to have their N400 denied because of accidentally registering to vote.

The first thing you should do is determine if you registered or not. You can check your state's voter registration rolls to see if you were ever registered. Also check everywhere you've lived since you came here.

If not, then there is no issue.

If you were registered, write to them immediately and ask to have your name removed as you are ineligible to vote. In this case, follow up and make sure that your name is no longer on the voter rolls, and be prepared to explain all this at your interview.

Normally, registering to vote would disqualify you from naturalization for the statutory period after the offence occurred (3 years or 5 years depending on the type of N400 application). After that time, you should be fine as long as you can show that you have taken steps to de-register and that you never voted. There are some cases where people are naturalized anyway as long as they can convince the interviewer that the registration was accidental (in some cases people are automatically registered). However, if you actually checked the box that said that you wanted to register, then you probably don't fall into this category.

This may delay your application, but I don't see it resulting in a denial and definitely not in a loss of your green card. Just make sure you are prepared by having proof that you are no longer (or never have been) registered to vote.

Edited by JimmyHou

For a review of each step of my N-400 naturalization process, from application to oath ceremony, please click here.

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I just did an online search of my voter registration status in two states where I got my driver's license - name not found. Tried all zip codes where I lived and all names used (maiden and by ex's)...I truly hope it won't be an issue.

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