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Citizenship or Naturalization

Information about Citizenship and Naturalization

Citizenship is often a very important goal for individual living and working in the United States with a green card or immigration visa. If an individual was not born a U.S. citizen, or did not obtain citizenship instantly after birth, he or she may become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization. If you are interested in commencing the naturalization process, get in touch with an immigration attorney who works with the Tampa, Lakeland and Brandon area for assistance.

The Requirements and Advantages of Citizenship

For an individual to qualify for citizenship, the applicant must meet a few requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old (unless adopted by a US citizen).
  • Can claim to be a lawful resident of the United States for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Can demonstrate a solid understanding of the U.S. government and its history
  • Able to speak, read and write in English.
  • Have a good moral character and a favorable disposition towards the United States.

Citizenship implies the status of freedom with accompanying responsibilities.

Citizenship implies the status of freedom with accompanying responsibilities. Citizens have certain rights, duties, and responsibilities that are denied or only partially extended to aliens and other noncitizens residing in a country. In general, the freedom to travel freely to other countries, the ability to sponsor other relatives living abroad to come to the U.S., full political rights, including the right to vote permitted to hold a U.S. passport, serve on a jury and have the freedom to seek more job opportunities.

Citizenship lawyers serving in Tampa, Lakeland and Brandon

The most important component to the naturalization process is absolute honesty. If the USCIS discovers any crimes the applicant has committed whether it has been either concealed or falsified, there is a strong chance that the application will be denied. Mistakes and missed deadlines during the naturalization process can set you back and threaten your chances of attending U.S. citizenship. If your naturalization application is denied, there is hope. While an individual can undertake the naturalization process without an attorney, it is important to realize that this process can be difficult and time consuming. An immigration attorney will expertly guide you through the long list of requirements, test, applications, and other procedures to minimize the difficulties associated with the naturalization process. At Ardila Law Firm in Brandon FL., we will assist throughout the entire naturalization process to ensure that the application and test are completed correctly and on time. Our firm takes a great pride in our ability to provide honest representation and excellent service to our clients. Visit or call our firm today.