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Permanent Residency Through Naturalization

Miami Immigration Attorney

When a person is not born in the U.S. or does not obtain citizenship immediately after birth, they will be forced to obtain citizenship through other means, if citizenship is desired. There are many ways to establish permanent residency and/or citizenship, such as asylum or a green card. One other common way to establish residency is through naturalization. Naturalization is the process of becoming a U.S. citizen through legal means; this process includes residing in the U.S. for a certain amount of time and maintaining clean records. In addition, the applicant will have to promise to uphold the national laws.

The process of obtaining citizenship status through naturalization can be a very difficult one. The legal documents involved and the proceedings and requirements can be very strenuous on the applicant. Fortunately a Miami immigration attorney will be able to help you throughout the immigration process as well as answer any questions you may have. There are many questions that may arise, as well as uncertainties in the application process that you may want legal advice on.

How does naturalization work?

Naturalization is the process by which a foreign citizen or national may be granted U.S. citizenship once requirements established by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) are met. You may be eligible for U.S. citizenship as a foreign national if you meet the requirements for permanent residency according to the INA guidelines. Upon obtaining citizenship, you can earn a U.S. passport and be eligible to vote in addition to the other rights a citizen enjoys.

You can qualify for naturalization if:

  • You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years
  • You have been a permanent resident for 3 or more years and meet all other eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen
  • You have been present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the 5 years before applying
  • You have lived in the state or USCIS district for at least 3 months before filing
  • You have demonstrated good moral character for 5 years before filing
  • You can read, write, and speak English and understand U.S. history and government
  • You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements

Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other requirements are met.

Seek the Aid of a Miami-Dade County Immigration Lawyer

If you live in southern Florida, have green card status and want to become a naturalized citizen, there are some steps you need to take to complete the process. There may be some barriers to becoming a citizen such as having a misdemeanor or felony on your record or failing to file income taxes. Pozo Goldstein, LLP can work to help you overcome these obstacles.

At our firm, we are intent on providing our clients with the best possible legal aid. We offer extensive one-on-one personal service to each of our clients in order to prepare the best possible defense for your case in court. Our firm is comprised of a former judge as well as former immigration lawyers; this gives our firm an advantage in immigration cases that few other firms can offer to their clients. If you are seeking immigration or citizenship, then a Miami immigration attorney from our firm will be able to help you throughout your case.

Looking to establish permanent residency? Contact us today to learn how to start the process!