St. Petersburg Citizenship & Naturalization Attorneys
Guiding Clients on the Path to U.S. Citizenship
Becoming a United States citizen opens many doors and allows you to take full advantage of the many benefits of citizenship. However, the process is complicated, frequently changing, and often confusing. There are multiple ways to obtain U.S. Citizenship; it can be citizenship by birth in the U.S. , citizenship through acquisition, and citizenship through Naturalization. In the United State citizenship through the naturalization process is the most common among most immigrants.
Rios Immigration Law Firm has guided clients down the path to becoming U.S. citizens since 1978. Our St. Petersburg citizenship and naturalization lawyers have the legal knowledge and experience necessary to help you achieve your goal of becoming a citizen of the United States.
Ways to Become a U.S. Citizen
There are three main ways to become a citizen of the United States:
- Citizenship by birth in the U.S. or a U.S. territory
- Citizenship through acquisition, if you were born outside the country to U.S. citizen parents
- Citizenship through the naturalization process
- Citizenship through derivation, if you are the minor child of a parent who naturalizes
Naturalization is the most common path to citizenship for those born outside the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 outlines the rules for naturalization.
The requirements for the naturalization process include:
- Being 18 years or older
- Having lawful permanent residency status
- Living in the United States for at least 5 straight years
- Demonstrating good moral character
Citizenship allows you to enjoy many rights and benefits. As a citizen, you would have the right to vote, the ability to travel outside the country without losing immigration status, security against deportation, and access to federal grants, scholarships, and employment opportunities.
The Naturalization Process
Becoming a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process is not easy, and you will need to successfully complete many different steps. The national average processing time for the naturalization application can take up to 8 months, it would take additional time to go through the rest of the process - from taking tests to providing biometric data. A single mistake on certain forms can lead to a denial, so many people choose to have an attorney help them navigate the process. Our St. Petersburg citizenship and naturalization attorneys have a phenomenal track record of delivering positive results for our clients.
The steps in the naturalization process include:
- Completing the necessary forms
- Attending an interview
- Providing biometric data
- Passing an English test
- Passing a civics test
After you have successfully completed the steps, you will swear an oath of loyalty and become a citizen. Although the steps in the naturalization process seem straightforward, the path to citizenship is complex, and the rules frequently change. For this reason, it is crucial to have experienced legal representation from an immigration lawyer with extensive knowledge and experience.
Helping You Navigate the Process
After helping you determine if you meet the requirements for naturalization, we can assist you with the required forms to ensure everything is filled out correctly and the process goes smoothly. Additionally, we can help you prepare for your naturalization interview and attend with you. Throughout the entire process, we offer advice and guidance to help you avoid delays or denials.
At Rios Immigration Law Firm, we proudly represent people from all over the world and work to help them achieve their citizenship goals. To effectively communicate with our clients, we offer services in English and Spanish.
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