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Understanding U.S. Citizenship And Permanent Residence

Miami is a destination for people from all over the world who come here to work, see friends or relax. Some enjoy the city or surrounding area so much that they begin to set down roots, which will mean taking steps to become permanent residents or even U.S. citizens. Our Miami-based immigration law attorneys at Rotella & Hernandez, LLC have over a decade of experience helping individuals and families take these life-changing steps.

Citizenship and permanent residence enable clients to legally remain in the country, but they are not the same. U.S. citizenship grants a person full membership in the American community, and they are protected by the full rights and responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution. Permanent residents are still citizens of another country but can legally stay in the U.S.

What Is Naturalization?

Naturalization is when a lawful permanent resident (LPR) becomes a U.S. citizen. To naturalize, one must generally:

  • Have a green card for at least five years
  • Show continuous residence
  • Demonstrate good moral character
  • Have a basic knowledge of the English language
  • Understand U.S. history and government

While these are necessary, there are other actions to complete the application.

What Is Required To Apply For Citizenship?

To apply for U.S. citizenship, in addition to the above factors, the following are required:

  • Eligibility: You must be at least 18 years old and a green card holder for at least five years. The requirement is three years if you’re married to a U.S. citizen.
  • Application: Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Residency: Show that you have lived for at least three months in Florida or the USCIS district where you claim residency.

The process also involves an interview, during which an officer will assess your application and test your English and civics knowledge. USCIS provides study materials for the English and civics tests on their website.

Schedule A Meeting With Our Attorneys

Having taken clients through this process and other immigration matters countless times, our lawyers, Nora Rotella and Patricia Hernandez, started Rotella & Hernandez Immigration and Family Law in 2013 to provide knowledgeable and full-service help to reach these significant and rewarding milestones. They work with our clients to achieve their goals.

Call 305-596-3618 or contact us online to schedule your appointment. Se habla español.