Orlando Naturalization Attorney
Seeking to Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?
There are hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the Orlando area, and many of them have lived in Florida for most of their lives, have made a home here, raised children, started businesses, bought property and are part of the fabric of our state. If you are an immigrant and are considering becoming a citizen, it is an exciting prospect. You will have access to all of the benefits and rights of Americans, including the right to vote.
At Brown Immigration Law, our team has helped many individuals become naturalized citizens. The quest to become a naturalized citizen is a difficult process and can best be handled with the assistance of a strong and aggressive attorney. We are prepared to help you through the entire process, from application to finalization.
Requirements for Naturalization
Founding Attorney Robert Brown and other lawyers at our firm know the main factors that can cause an application to be denied. The surest way to get denied is to break one of the requirements stipulated by the U.S. government. Requirements for naturalization include the following items.
English Language Test
One of the requirements to become a citizen is to pass an English language test. Unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver, you will have to take an English language test to obtain naturalization. This is a barrier for some people who have not gone to school and learned basic English.
If you are hoping to become a citizen, the first step is to begin getting proficient in English by taking classes, and speaking and reading English as much as possible. People over 50 years old may can be exempted from the English requirement.
You will be offered two opportunities to take this test.
Good Moral Character
The U.S. only allows citizenship to be granted to those that have "good moral character." What this means is generally that you have not been convicted of certain types of criminal acts, particularly any felony or very serious misdemeanor offense.
There is a specific policy and procedure to determine whether an individual has evidence of good moral character. This has to be proven prior to applying for naturalization. An attorney can explain the criteria used for this determination.
Another requirement is that an applicant must show that he or she was physically present for 30 months within the 5-year residence requirement.
The residence requirement means that the applicant has had to reside continuously in the country for five or more years prior to applying for naturalization.
U.S. History and Government
As part of the application process for naturalization, a U.S. history and government exam will be issued. A basic understanding of U.S. history and government is also required, and you will be tested, and must answer 6 out of the 10 questions correctly. On the exam, 10 out of a possible 100 civics questions will be asked, and the applicant must answer 6 out of the 10 correctly. Those people over 65 applying for citizenship can be exempted from the history and government test.
They must also meet the following requirements:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Reside continuously in the U.S. from the date of application to the time of naturalization
- Read, write, and speak English and have an understanding of U.S. government and history
The naturalization requirements may also differ for certain applicants. For foreign national spouses of U.S. citizens, eligibility requirements for naturalization will require permanent residence for at least three years, during which the applicant was living in a marital union with a U.S. citizen spouse. U.S. immigration law also allows for easier naturalization eligibility requirements for military personnel.
There are certain exceptions to the requirements for naturalization. One of the modified requirements includes the English language exemption. The applicant can be exempt from the English language requirement if he or she is age 50 or older at the time of filing and has lived as a permanent resident for 20 years or is 55 years or older and has lived in the country as a permanent resident for 15 years. Modifications and exemptions are not issued for the history and government test unless you are age 65 or older.
Further Information from Our Immigration Firm
Naturalization can be obtained based on the citizenship of a spouse who is employed abroad by a U.S. company. Military members and dependents also can obtain naturalization. Veterans of the U.S. military might be eligible for certain exemptions for naturalization.
If you are facing denaturalization, then it is important to come to a clear understanding of the grounds for this action. An attorney from our firm can help you understand this process and situation. If you wish to renounce your U.S. citizenship, then you will need to follow a specific process that can be explained by a lawyer from our firm.
Our Legal Team