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Seeking citizenship? We can help!
When you have decided to apply to become a citizen of the United States of America, it is in your best interests to seek the help of aMiami immigration attorney to guide you through the process of naturalization. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that in 2010, over 700,000 people filed petitions for naturalization, and of these nearly 57,000 were denied.
Having skilled legal counsel on your side can greatly improve your chances of success. At Pozo Goldstein, LLP, we bring more than 90 years of combined experience to every case we represent, and with a team composed of former immigrationprosecutors and a former judge, we are prepared to help you resolve any barriers you may face in your pursuit of citizenship. Contact us and schedule a free, in-office consultation!
Qualifications for Citizenship
Before you can apply to become a citizen, you must prove that you have lived in this country with a green card for at least five years. This is reduced to three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen. It is also possible to qualify by providing certain types of service in the United States military, as well as through supplying proof that your parent is a citizen.
To qualify, you must also:
- Have lived in the state or district in which you are filing your application for at least 3 months
- You have not spent more than 12 months outside the U.S.
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have proof of your status as a Permanent Resident of the U.S.
- Pass a test of your ability to read, write, and speak English
- Demonstrate your knowledge of U.S. history and government
- Show that you are person of good moral character
- Take the oath of allegiance and swear to obey all laws of the U.S.
- Forsake any foreign allegiance or loyalty
A large percentage of our clients use USCIS Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, though others may need Form N-600, which is used by individuals whose parents are already U.S. citizens. We will review your current situation and help you develop an individualized strategy for your case, and an attorney from our firm will stand by you throughout the entire process. We understand how important it may be to you to become a citizen, and will work diligently to help you achieve this goal.
Why hire our immigration firm?
In addition to having the knowledge base coming from more than 90 years of combined experience, two members of our legal team are former immigration prosecutors and another is a former judge from Miami-Dade County. This specialized experience allows us to build strategies for obtaining a green card or citizenship for you. We can also help you remain in the county through our understanding of how the immigration court system works.
As opposed to other Florida immigration and naturalization attorneys, at Pozo Goldstein, LLP we are intimately familiar with entities involved in the immigration process such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Such familiarity combined with our unmatched experience means our firm is the smartest choice to represent your immigration case.
How does the citizenship application process work?
Your first step is to complete a citizenship application and send it to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with a copy of your green card, the necessary photos, and payment for the processing fees. Your next step is an in person interview which could take several months to schedule.
At some point, you will be asked to come to your local USCIS office to be fingerprinted and have an appointment for your interview set. During your interview, a USCIS officer will test your ability to speak English and your understanding U.S. history and civics. Should you pass your interview, you will receive an appointment for your oath ceremony where you will receive a certificate of naturalization, proving you are an American citizen.
Have more questions? Call our Miami citizenship attorneys today to have experienced professionals handle your case!