Becoming a United States Citizen is the ultimate goal for many immigrants. Naturalization is the process by which an immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen. Holding a United States Citizenship is an honor and a privilege. Unfortunately, thousands of citizenship applications are denied every year. When you’re ready to apply for citizenship in the United States, it is important to have a knowledgeable South Florida immigration attorney on your side to help you through the process of naturalization.
Qualifications for Citizenship
In order to become a citizen of the United States, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must prove that you have lived in this country with a green card for at least five years, or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen. You must be physically present in the United States for at least half of that period;
- You must live continuously in the United States from the day you apply for citizenship until you become a U.S. citizen;
- You must demonstrate your ability to read, write, and speak English, as well as your knowledge of U.S. history and government by passing a test;
- You must prove that you have a good moral character; and
- You must take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. Constitution.
South Florida Military Lawyer
At The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, we serve Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and their families. We have deep knowledge and understanding of how the military operates, and we always strive to use that knowledge to serve those who serve our country. Attorney Jonny Kousa is a Judge Advocate in the United States Army – USAR. He has helped many military personnel in a variety of legal areas, including immigration law. If you’re looking for an experienced military lawyer in Coconut Creek, Boca Raton, or Miami, contact our office today.
Naturalization through Military Service
Between September of 2002 and May of 2013, USCIS has naturalized almost 90,000 members of the military. If you’re a member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and certain components of the National Guard and the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, you may be exempt from certain naturalization requirements such as physical presence in the United States.
With a special exception in place for military service during periods of hostility, in order to become a citizen of the United States, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must prove that you have served honorably in the military for at least one year;
- You must be a lawful permanent resident; and
- You must file your citizenship application while still in the military or within six months of separation.
Citizenship Lawyer Serving Clients in Fort Lauderdale & Throughout Florida
At the Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L., we understand how important becoming a U.S. citizen may be to you. We will help you through the naturalization process to avoid delays and minimize requests for evidence from USCIS that could be the results of missing documents or an improperly filed citizenship application.
If you want to discuss the naturalization process with a knowledgeable South Florida Immigration Attorney, call The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L. at (954) 626-8071. Whether you live in West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Hollywood, or Miami Beach, we have an office location close to you. Our firm serves all counties in South Florida, including Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County.
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