If you are married to a U.S. citizen and want to become a naturalized citizen, there is a process you must follow. To ensure that you do not miss a step, follow the advice of our immigration attorney to gain Florida citizenship through marriage.
The most common question our law firm gets regarding Florida citizenship through marriage is, “What does the process look like?” The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has outlined each step you should take, and we recommend that you have an attorney help you navigate the process and ensure compliance with all legal requirements.
An attorney who focuses on cases involving Florida citizenship through marriage, like those at Casais & Prias, can provide invaluable guidance, assistance, and knowledge to help streamline the process, handle any complexities that may arise, and increase your chances of a successful outcome. With our support, you can have peace of mind knowing that your case is being handled professionally and efficiently, allowing you to focus on the excitement of your journey toward naturalization.
It is important to note the difference between citizenship and naturalization. To be a U.S. citizen, you must be born in the United States. You can become a naturalized citizen through the naturalization process.
Before beginning the naturalization through marriage process, an individual must meet each of the following eligibility criteria:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be an LPR (lawfully permanent resident) of the U.S. for three years or more
- Have you been living with your U.S. citizen spouse for those three years
- Live continuously in the U.S. for at least 18 months before the date you file your application
- Be able to speak, read, and write English
- Know U.S. history and government
- And others
If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you can move on to the naturalization process.
Steps To Naturalization
The USCIS has a ten-step process that you must complete to be considered for naturalization. If you miss a step, it could slow down your application and hinder your chances of approval. Getting help from an immigration attorney can significantly increase the likelihood of a successful and streamlined naturalization process.
Step #1: Establish that you are not already a U.S. citizen.
If your parents were born outside the U.S., you may assume you were not born in the United States, so it is wise to confirm your birthplace before continuing to step two.
Step #2: Determine if you are eligible to apply for U.S. naturalization.
Review the eligibility requirements above before moving on to step three.
Step #3: Prepare your application.
Form N-400 can be completed online after setting up an online account with USCIS. If you have questions about setting up your account or what you should include with your application, we can help.
Step #4: Submit your application and pay your fees.
The cost of becoming a naturalized citizen is currently $725, which includes a $640 application fee and an $85 biometrics fee.
Step #5: Complete your biometrics appointment.
If needed, the USCIS will set up your appointment, where you will provide fingerprints, a photograph, and your signature. This information establishes your identity and will be used for an FBI background check.
Step #6: Complete your interview.
Your USCIS interview is used to verify your background and information in your application. Although it is not necessary to have an attorney present during your interview, we recommend that you have one with you to clarify questions and help the interview go smoothly.
Step #7: Receive your decision from USCIS.
You will receive a notice of the decision in the mail indicating that your application was granted, continued, or denied. If the decision is “continued,” it means that you need to provide additional documentation or you failed the civics test. If your application was denied, you are not eligible for citizenship through naturalization.
Step #8: Receive your notice of Oath of Allegiance.
The Oath of Allegiance is taken during your naturalization ceremony. The USCIS will mail you your ceremony’s date, time, and location.
Step #9: Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
You can only become a naturalized citizen once you take the Oath of Allegiance. After the ceremony, you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization.
Step 10: Understand your citizenship.
Citizenship serves as the unifying fabric that binds together individuals across the United States. Rather than being defined by factors such as race or religion, our nation is founded upon the shared principles of freedom, liberty, and equality. These values transcend individual differences and form the cornerstone of our collective identity as Americans. Take the time to review some of the rights and responsibilities held by U.S. citizens.
When Seeking Florida Citizenship Through Marriage, We Can Help
With our extensive experience and in-depth understanding of the naturalization process (for all marriage – opposite-sex and same-sex), our immigration attorneys at Casais & Prias are well-equipped to guide you on your path to becoming a naturalized citizen.
Let us handle the complexities and intricacies of the system, allowing you to navigate the journey with confidence and peace of mind. Contact us today and take the first step toward achieving your dream of U.S. citizenship.