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N400 & denied entry at airport

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I'll soon be eligible to file my N400 based on marriage for 3 years and I have my application pending for ROC.  

I was denied entry on a previous visit to the US & wondering how this might affect the N400 process, does anyone have any experiences with this type of situation they would be able to share, I've tried searching the forum but not coming up with anything.

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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I was denied at the border in 1999 and I had to wait 5 years before I could travel here again.  We got married in the mean time and moved here in 2013.  Not an issue at all.

 

M.

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9 minutes ago, Tashas mom said:

I was denied entry on a previous visit to the US & wondering how this might affect the N400 process

But that was before all of this right? I assume you now have a green card and have been in and out the US using your green card. So that should not be an issue. 

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1 minute ago, spring333 said:

That is terrible! So are you back in UK now?

It was awful at the time.   I'm in the US now, married, have my G/C, waiting on ROC and I'll soon be able to file for N400.  Just wondering if anyone has a similar experience with the denial and N400 process

 

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2 minutes ago, Tashas mom said:

It was awful at the time.   I'm in the US now, married, have my G/C, waiting on ROC and I'll soon be able to file for N400.  Just wondering if anyone has a similar experience with the denial and N400 process

 

If you had entered the US successfully after the denial and you are here now, it means there is not a problem (or at least not anymore).

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1 minute ago, USS_Voyager said:

But that was before all of this right? I assume you now have a green card and have been in and out the US using your green card. So that should not be an issue. 

Yes.  I do have my G/C and applied for ROC, it's just getting close to the filing  window for N400 and I'm worried that previous denial will affect being granted citizenship.  Hoping someone has been through this successfully and can put my mind at rest!!  Not actually left the US since I got here back in 2016!!

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8 minutes ago, austex said:

I was denied at the border in 1999 and I had to wait 5 years before I could travel here again.  We got married in the mean time and moved here in 2013.  Not an issue at all.

 

M.

Thanks!

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Japan
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I was denied entry because I tried to enter with a tourist visa after I got married in my home country.

 

I now live in the US as a permanent resident and this year I needed to decide to renew or become a citizen.

 

I applied N-400 and be honest about being refused to enter the country in my application. I guess it was accepted and that’s why I’m done with biometrics appointment fine and my interview and the test are scheduled on Feb 27th. 
 

l’m also worried like you, how this is going to affect the result for my interview. But I’m telling myself that as long as we received our green cards after the denied entry event, it means the reason of denial was cleared or understood; not that the history is cleared though. 
 

So just be honest as much as you understand how it went. 
I’m so scared explaining in detail and not telling the simple yes or no will make it complicated for the officer that they will give me the suspicious look, but I am going to stay positive at the interview. 
 

Good luck to you too!

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21 minutes ago, Tashas mom said:

It was awful at the time.   I'm in the US now, married, have my G/C, waiting on ROC and I'll soon be able to file for N400.  Just wondering if anyone has a similar experience with the denial and N400 process

 

Something similar here. I overstayed on a Visa Waiver, left the US 2001 and was subject to a 10 year exclusion. I was approved for a holiday visa after 5 years. I applied for my PR after the 10 year period was over. As it wasn't an issue for my G/C I'm confident it won't be a problem for my naturalization. But i guess we'll find out! 

Good luck with your application. 

 

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A denial from before getting the green card has no impact here.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago, 9/27/17: received by USCIS, 10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received, 10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received, 10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update), 1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed, 1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received, 1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice, 10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice, 10/25/18: Formal approval, 10/31/18: Green card received

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: NOA1 hard copy received, 3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification), 3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved! , 3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received, 4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy, 4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy, 4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Russia
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I agree, this should have no impact unless you failed to disclose this in the other steps.

11 hours ago, Tashas mom said:

Yes.  I do have my G/C and applied for ROC, it's just getting close to the filing  window for N400 and I'm worried that previous denial will affect being granted citizenship.  Hoping someone has been through this successfully and can put my mind at rest!!  Not actually left the US since I got here back in 2016!!

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ghana
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Typically citizenship is the last opportunity to get you before your immigration journey is complete so hypothetically your immigration history has the most scrutiny at that point. The approval of a properly filed petition like in your case after a previous kerfuffle typically means the previous incident is no longer material unless there was something overlooked which is now flagged after a thorough review. 

 

Nobody is going to be able to give you a definitive answer because every situation is different but based on your self reported story, you have nothing to worry about. And worrying won’t fix anything from your past anyway.


ᴀ ᴄɪᴛɪᴢᴇɴ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ 

 

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