Your Path to U.S. Citizenship Starts Here: Miami’s Trusted Citizenship Lawyer



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Becoming a U.S. citizen is the ultimate goal of many immigrants living in the U.S., as it comes with many benefits that aren’t available for permanent residents. Such benefits include voting rights, travel freedom, and access to federal programs and services. However, obtaining citizenship is not easy. The process can be daunting, confusing, and time-consuming and involves meeting specific eligibility criteria, filing complex paperwork, and passing tests and interviews.
Working with a citizenship lawyer can make a difference in your case. Citizenship and immigration attorneys can help you through the naturalization process, protect your rights, and ensure the proper filing of your application.

A citizenship lawyer can assist you with:

  • Determining if you qualify for citizenship through naturalization.
  • Preparing and submitting your application and supporting documents.
  • Ensuring that your application is complete, accurate, and convincing.
  • Advising you on how to prepare for the civics, history, and English tests.
  • Accompanying you to your naturalization interview.
  • Protecting your rights and interests throughout the immigration process.

Your citizenship attorney will be able to help you with other immigration matters in addition to naturalization.

Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship

To apply for citizenship through naturalization, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. You are at least 18 years old;
  2. Be a green card holder for at least five years, or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen; and
  3. Have maintained a continuous physical presence and residence in the U.S.
  4. Other requirements, such as the ability to read, write and speak in English, might also apply.

The USCIS may assess this by examining your criminal record and any history of disobeying court orders, habitual drunkenness, failure to pay tax returns or child support, etc.

Immigrants With Special Circumstances

The requirements mentioned above apply to 95% of permanent residents. However, different requirements may apply to those with special circumstances, including those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces or performed active duty during a war and widows of U.S. citizens who died during a period of honorable active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Our citizenship attorney at The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A. can help you identify the requirements that apply to your unique situation. We will help you prepare the necessary documents to support your case.

Dual Citizenship

Immigration law allows permanent residents to become U.S. citizens without renouncing their original citizenship. As long as you qualify for naturalization and your country of birth or other country of citizenship recognizes dual citizenship, you can become a dual citizen. However, you must uphold all U.S. laws and uphold the U.S. Constitution.

Consult a Miami immigration attorney for further guidance on dual citizenship.

The Naturalization Process

After determining your eligibility, your citizenship lawyer in Miami will help you initiate the application process and guide you through the following process:

Step 1: Fill out and submit Form N-400

Completing Form N-400 is your first step to naturalization. You will need to fill in your personal details and residency information. 

Step 2: Biometrics scan

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services may schedule you for a biometrics appointment if needed. The notice will highlight the time, date, and place of your appointment. Ensure you are there on time.

Step 3: Naturalization interview

You will receive an interview appointment notice once the preliminary process is complete. You must prepare to answer the officer’s questions and take an English and U.S. history and civics test. Your citizenship lawyer can help you get familiar with the process and advise you on how to answer difficult answers.

If you fail your English or civics test, you have the right to take a second one within 60-90 days. You will also have a chance to submit further proof if needed.

Step 5: The USCIS decision 

Based on your interview and supporting documents, you may receive approval or denial on your naturalization application. If you receive an unfavorable decision, you can appeal within 30 days of the date of the denial. We can help you fight for another chance.

Step 6: Oath of Allegiance

Once your application is approved, you will receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance with the ceremony’s date, time, and location. You must complete Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, and bring it with you to the ceremony.

At the ceremony, you will turn in your permanent residency card, take the Oath of Allegiance, and receive your naturalization certificate.

Citizenship Requirements and Processing Time in Miami

Basic Requirements for Citizenship in Miami

To apply for U.S. citizenship, applicants must meet several basic requirements. They must be at least 18 years old, have been a legal permanent resident (LPR) for at least five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen), maintain continuous residence and physical presence in the United States, demonstrate good moral character, pass tests on English language and U.S. history and government, and be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance. Experienced Miami immigration attorneys, specializing in family-based immigration and deportation defense, emphasize the importance of maintaining a clean record, particularly in deportation proceedings. Their expertise is crucial in navigating the complexities of immigration law, including the strategic role that a former immigration prosecutor can play in such cases.

Citizenship Processing Time in Miami

The time it takes to obtain citizenship in Miami after applying can vary significantly, typically ranging from 6 to 18 months. This duration depends on the specific circumstances of the immigration case, the workload of the USCIS in the South Florida region, and any legal issues that may arise. Immigration lawyers in the USA, particularly Miami immigration attorneys skilled in immigration law matters, can provide valuable guidance through the process, from the initial family petition to the final interview with an immigration judge or a former judge, ensuring foreign nationals understand their legal rights and the steps toward permanent residence.

How Can Miami Citizenship Lawyers Help?

There are many advantages to getting in touch with an experienced immigration lawyer during any process concerning your naturalization. Our Miami immigration lawyers at The Law Office of TATIANE M. SILVA, P.A. Can help you:

  1. File for naturalization

Filing for citizenship may get confusing and overwhelming, especially if special requirements apply to you. Our attorneys will use their extensive knowledge and experience to explain the requirements, walk you through the filing process, and ensure no mistakes are made.

2.Prepare for the naturalization interview

The interview is a crucial part of the naturalization process and will make a difference in the outcome of your application. It’s your only chance to explain any issues or inconsistencies between your file and application. Working with an experienced attorney who’s familiar with USCIS interviews will help ease your stress and prepare you for difficult and tricky questions.

3.Appealing Your Cases 

If you feel you have been wrongfully denied citizenship for one reason or another, your lawyer can file a motion with the USCIS and appeal their decision to an immigration court. We have a proven track record in successfully reopening and appealing citizenship and immigration cases.

Why Choose The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A.?

The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A. is an immigration law firm dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve their immigration and citizenship goals in the U.S. We are trusted by immigrants in Miami and across the U.S. because:

  • We understand you: Mrs. Silva moved from Brazil to the U.S. at the age of 15. Now she uses her legal knowledge and experience to help immigrants overcome their fears, protect their rights, and fulfill their hopes.
  • We bring positive results: We take pride in our excellent track record and the positive results we have achieved for our clients.
  • We are multilingual: Language barriers often stop people from seeking legal counsel. At The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A. we speak English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, and Portuguese.

Contact The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A. Today

At The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A. we understand the hassle of navigating immigration and citizenship proceedings. Our citizenship lawyers offer rigorous legal representation and assistance throughout the naturalization process. We will also explain the risks to applying for citizenship if you are an asylee or refugee.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


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