According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in the fiscal year 2019, nearly 834,000 new citizens were naturalized. Deciding to become a citizen of the United States is a very important milestone in the life of an immigrant. If you’re a U.S. resident who wants to apply for citizenship or understand the naturalization process, consulting with a knowledgeable Miami naturalization attorney is crucial for proper guidance.
I am committed to providing comprehensive legal services in matters of citizenship and naturalization. As an experienced immigration attorney, I can help you understand the naturalization process and offer you the knowledgeable guidance and advocacy you need when applying for citizenship. I will prepare a solid application on your behalf and fight to ensure that you receive fair treatment from the system. Gurian Group, P.A. proudly serves individuals and families in Miami and surrounding communities throughout Florida.
What are the Benefits
of Becoming a Citizen?
Naturalization can be described as the process through which a foreign national or immigrant becomes an American citizen. Some of the benefits of obtaining U.S. citizenship include:
You can vote in federal and state elections.
You can bring your family members to the United States.
You can obtain citizenship for your children born abroad.
You and your children cannot be deported to your former country.
You can apply for a U.S. passport.
When you travel with a U.S. passport, you can receive U.S. government assistance when overseas.
You can become eligible for federal jobs.
You can be a participant on a jury.
You can become an elected official.
You can receive federal benefits and privileges available to only U.S. citizens.
Individuals who are naturalized U.S. citizens have the same rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship.
Who is Eligible?
Before you can apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, you must:
Be 18 years or older at the time of filing your application.
Be physically present or reside continuously in the United States.
Have been a legal permanent resident for the past three or five years
Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
Be of good moral behavior.
Have adequate knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government.
Be loyal to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.
The naturalization process requires that specific steps be taken for an application to be considered. An experienced immigration attorney can help you:
Determine whether you’re eligible to become an American citizen.
Complete Form N-400, the Application for Naturalization.
Obtain photographs of yourself that meet the requirements of immigration service.
Collect the necessary documents.
Submit the application form, necessary documents, and filing fees to the right Service Center.
Attend a biometrics appointment.
Take the U.S. Naturalization Test.
Prepare for a personal interview.
Candidates who are successful with the interview and test will proceed to take the Oath of Allegiance. Once you file an application for naturalization, you are expected to live in the United States continuously from the filing date to the naturalization time.
Hearing Request for Denials
If your application is denied, you may request a USCIS hearing before an officer. The hearing will be scheduled within 180 days after seeking a request. An officer will conduct a “de novo” review (new and full review) of your naturalization application.
Hire an Immigration Attorney to Help
Immigration laws in the United States are continuously changing. Every day, applicants are subject to a higher level of scrutiny. Hiring a knowledgeable Miami naturalization attorney to meet your unique needs is crucial for detailed guidance, and can make a significant difference in your case.
At Gurian Group, P.A., I am dedicated to guiding individuals and families through the complex process of citizenship and naturalization. As your legal counsel, I can help with the following issues:
Apply for citizenship for U.S. nationals
Fast-track naturalization based on a three-year marriage to a U.S. citizen
Apply for naturalization based on five years as a permanent lawful resident
Investigate derived citizenship through a grandparent or parent
Fast-track naturalization through military service
Offer advice on a range of issues, such as selective service, criminal convictions, and tax issues
If your naturalization application was denied, I can seek a USCIS hearing to appeal the denial. I will fight compassionately to ensure that your naturalization is granted so that you can enjoy all the privileges of U.S. citizenship. Having an experienced immigration attorney on your side can be crucial to the outcome of your application.