Florida Naturalization Lawyers
Green card holders can become U.S. citizens through the naturalization process. Becoming a naturalized citizen involves certain steps the green card holder — also known as a legal permanent resident (LPR) — must follow in order to be eligible. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, applicants must:
- Be legal permanent residents in the U.S.
- Have LPR status for at least five years, unless they are married to a U.S. citizen, in which case they must have LPR status for three years
- Have resided in the United States for at least 50 percent of the time they have had LPR status — either 1.5 or 2.5 years
- Have lived in the state they are filing their petition in for at least three months prior to submitting their application
- Be able to speak, write and read English (except under certain special circumstances)
- Possess knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and our government structure
- Display good moral character, a belief in the Constitution and a willingness to make positive contributions to U.S. society
- Be at least 18 years old when submitting an application
- Minors may be eligible for automatic citizenship if they are under 18 at the time one of their parents become naturalized
It is important to note that crimes a lawful permanent resident committed after obtaining their LPR status can cause their naturalization petition to be rejected — and can even result in the loss of their green card. If you have a criminal record, we weigh the risks you face against the benefits of becoming a naturalized citizen and provide advice based on your best course of action.
The lawyers of Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A. assist LPRs petition for their own naturalization, or for the naturalization of their minor children. We are knowledgeable in all areas of immigration law in the United States and have experience handling naturalization cases where special circumstances require the attention of a knowledgeable eye.
Contact Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A. today
Our law firm has the skill, expertise, attentive nature and dedication needed to successfully see your case through from the moment your consultation begins until its ultimate resolution. Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A. represents clients worldwide in matters relating to U.S. immigration and visa applications. Schedule a consultation by contacting us at 305-371-2777 extension 1 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at one of our offices located in Miami and Orlando, Florida, and Lima, Peru.
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