Obtaining Naturalization in Tampa, Orlando and Albuquerque
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. Amongst the many rights that an individual
receives upon becoming a U.S. citizen, he or she is permitted to hold
a U.S. passport, serve on a jury, and register and vote. If you are interested
in commencing the naturalization process, get in touch with a
Tampa immigration attorney for assistance.
In order to be eligible for naturalization, some basic requirements must
be met: an individual must have the ability to speak, read and write in
English, have knowledge and a fundamental understanding of U.S. government
and history, have an attachment to the U.S. Constitution's values,
feel favorably toward the U.S., be a continued physical presence or resident
in the country for a determined period, and have a good moral character.
When applying to become a naturalized citizen, the process can take up
to six months before it is completed. It is important to have every affair
in order before the process begins, such as having fingerprints taken,
having current photos, submitting a naturalization application, taking
the Oath of Allegiance, and being interviewed.
The most important component to the naturalization process is absolute
honesty, even if you have been convicted of a crime (whether it has been
lawfully expunged or not). If the USCIS discovers that past criminal records
have been either concealed or falsified, there is a strong chance that
your application will be denied.
If your naturalization application is denied, there is hope. You may appeal
for an administrative review, which grants your application another chance
consisting of a hearing with an
immigration officer. If all goes well, you may be eligible to apply at a later date.
A Skilled Naturalization Lawyer in Tampa, FL
Becoming naturalized is a process worth putting forth time and effort,
although it can be a timely and arduous process. Here at Maney | Gordon
| Zeller, P.A., we dutifully commit ourselves to immigration law and the
evaluation of your personal situation. Our firm has six offices in five
cities, and is available for excellent service and highly moral representation.
Do you need information on the naturalization process?
Contact a Tampa naturalization attorney today for qualified help.