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What does it mean to have a dual citizenship?

If you are considering holding citizenships with more than one country, there are a few things you should know. First, the United States does not technically recognize dual citizenship, but it does not force anyone to choose a nationality. As a citizen of two countries, you have legal rights as well as obligations in both countries. This enables you to easily move between the countries and grants you access to government programs.

Understanding the United States’ refugee and asylum program

Next year, the United States expects to welcome as many as 8,000 refugees from Syria. According to a recent report from CNS News, roughly 15,000 refugees have been referred to this country in the hopes of escaping persecution. So far, millions of people have fled Syria due to an outbreak of civil war. The U.S. Department of the State says it plans to lead the world in the number of Syrians who resettle in another country.

Potential roadblocks for people applying for permanent residency

Securing a green card means you have established yourself as a permanent resident in the United States. At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we know that living in the U.S. can mean more opportunities for you and your family. That is why we help people identify and eliminate potential problems that can occur during the process.

What is derived citizenship?

There are two ways to become a U.S. citizen. You will become a citizen at birth if you were born in the country or a jurisdiction of the U.S., or if one of your parents was a citizen at the time. To become a citizen after birth, you either apply for naturalization or apply for a derived citizenship.

Key components of a residential real estate contract

Buying or selling a home in Florida is nearly always accompanied with signing a contract. While these documents provide legal protection for both the buyer and seller, many people are unaware of the items to look for to guarantee that protection.

Over 100 Naples immigrants arrested during employment raid

Most immigrants who come to Florida do so in the hope of building a better future for themselves and their families. They may face a long road of challenges and setbacks, including barriers to employment, medical care, education and housing. Some may experience difficulty finding or keeping a job, especially if they lack the proper work permits. Before obtaining the right to legally work in the U.S., the topic of employment immigration may also worry immigrants in regards to deportation.

Florida lawns pose problem between homeowners and associations

Many homeowners take great pride in the condition of their lawn. In Florida, hot weather and little rain can make it challenging to grow grass. For some residents, a homeowners association regulates landscaping, which often includes specifying the type grass that may be planted. As a recent report illustrates, homeowners associations can easily get caught in a dispute over how Florida-friendly yards should be handled.

Know when to renew or replace your green card

No matter if you have received your green card through family, work or as a refugee, there will come a time when you need to renew it. At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we have seen what can happen if you fail to renew or replace your card. Taking action as soon as possible will help ensure that you can legally remain in the United States.

What rights does your homeowners association have?

If you’ve found your dream home, you might be all too willing to sign the papers – including the homeowners association contract – so you can move into your new home. HOAs are common in Miami, as well as the rest of the country. Millions of homeowners live in neighborhoods managed by associations. What could go wrong?

U.S. Permanent Residency

If you are going through the steps for lawful permanent residency, you have probably been through numerous challenges already. The road to U.S. citizenship is not an easy one for most Miami immigrants. At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we are prepared to help you through the legal steps to reach the final goal of becoming a naturalized American. However, there are other challenges and setbacks that you may face in addition to the legal immigration process.

Immigrants interrupt modeling shoot on Miami beach

Immigrants who come to the country in hopes of a better life may resort to desperate measures to get here. A large number of illegal immigrants entering Florida come across the ocean. They may endure great hardships to reach the United States, including violence, illness, hunger and storms at sea. Once they reach the country, they may face persecution, intolerance and the fear of deportation before they can begin the application process to become U.S. citizens.

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