Immigration Lawyer Chicago/ Immigration Forms for U.S. Citizenship, Naturalization, and Admission/ The N-336:Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings Form
Sometimes an application for naturalization is denied. Maybe your interview didn’t go well, you didn’t provide all of the required information, or you failed your test. However, if you think the USCIS made a legal mistake in denying your case, then you can appeal.
The N-336 form is what you will file after receiving a denial letter for your N-400, the application for naturalization. This form serves as an application for a hearing with another immigration officer to review your denial.
This blog post will provide guidance on how to fill out the N-336 form and what the hearing process is like.
It’s easy to get disheartened when you receive a denial letter from your N-400 application for naturalization. However, there are many circumstances when you should appeal. The denial may have been based on incorrect information, the decision may have been improperly handled, or you might be able to provide additional information to support your application.
There are times when United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) pushes the limits of the law, so an appeal is how you argue that your application for naturalization should be reconsidered for acceptance. While the denial letter can be difficult to parse due to the regulatory and statutory language, it includes important information about why your application is being denied and will help you determine if an appeal is appropriate.
The first question you’ll be asked at your review hearing is what mistakes were made in denying your N-400. An immigration attorney can uncover those mistakes and help you build your case.
When your N-400 is denied, you’ll get a written explanation in the mail explaining the reasons for the denial. There will be a date on that denial letter and you’ll have 30 days from that date to file your appeal.
Don’t wait. You should file as soon as you can after that denial letter is received because, if you miss the 30-day window, you won’t be able to appeal and you’ll have to start the naturalization process over again.
The processing time for the N-336 application is within 180 days. You’ll receive a notice in the mail notifying you of your hearing date, time, and location. Once you’ve received this notice, it’s important to begin preparing for your hearing. This may include collecting evidence and arranging witnesses. An experienced attorney can help you through this process and ensure that you’re prepared for your hearing.
When you have submitted your evidence and given your testimony to USCIS, the new officer assigned to your case will o review any information you submitted previously. They may also request you provide additional evidence or testimony.
The N-336 form must be filled out completely and accurately for your request for an appeal hearing to be processed. The form is seven pages long, and you will fill out basic information like your name, address, date of birth, place of birth, alien registration number (if applicable), and signature. You will also document any interpreter or preparer who helped with the form, if applicable. Additionally, you’ll submit a copy of your Form N-400 denial, and outline the reasons you are requesting a hearing.
When you’re ready to file Form N-336, there are a few other things you’ll need to keep in mind:
The filing fee for Form N-336 is $700. Additionally, the biometric services fee is $85. If you cannot afford to pay the fees, you may request that the fees be waived. To request a waiver of the fees, you must complete and submit Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. It’s also important to note the filing fee is not refundable regardless of the USCIS final decision.
Your check must be payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the funds must come from a bank or financial institution located in the United States.
The hearing is different from your citizenship interview experience. You will have an opportunity to present evidence and argue why you believe the decision to deny your application for citizenship was incorrect.
An immigration officer will preside over the hearing and will make a decision based on the evidence presented. It is important to note that hearings are typically conducted in English. However, interpreters are available upon request.
Hearings are generally informal but are still conducted according to certain rules and procedures. For example, witnesses may be called to testify and evidence may be presented in support of or against your claim. After all of the evidence has been presented, both parties will have an opportunity to make closing statements before the immigration officer makes a final determination.
If, after reviewing all of the evidence and hearing both sides of the argument, the immigration officer determines that your application for citizenship should have been approved, he or she will approve your application and schedule you for an oath ceremony.
If the immigration officer determines that your application for citizenship was denied appropriately, he or she will deny your appeal and you’ll have to wait five years to refile an N-400.
If your application was not wrongfully denied, you can file a completely new application. There is a chance that the original reason for denial will be irrelevant at a later date.
Here are some reasons why a new application might be a better option than filing Form N-336::
If you think there was a legal mistake that caused your N-400 to be denied, it’s best to consult with an immigration attorney. Sometimes the right course of action is to appeal and other times it is best to wait and refile your N-400.
An experienced immigration attorney at Scott D. Pollack and Associates can help you navigate your next steps. Reach out to us today by calling 312.444.1940 or filling out an online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you