There are many paths to citizenship, whether someone is born in the U.S. or gets married to a U.S. citizen. In a recent post, this blog addressed immigrants and domestic violence. In Miami-Dade, and across other sections of Florida, victims of domestic violence and those who wish to divorce for other valid reasons should not feel like they are trapped in a marriage solely because of immigration matters. At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., our law firm can understand how upsetting this situation can be for those who wish to apply for U.S. citizenship.
When you apply for citizenship, the USCIS may look for any potential red flags regarding your immigration history. If you obtained a green card through marriage and divorced your spouse, they may be concerned that you were part of a fraudulent marriage solely for purposes related to immigration. Depending on your circumstances, they may ask for documentation related to your marriage, at which point it is imperative to understand your responsibilities. If the USCIS is not satisfied, they may turn down your application and you could also be deported.
As if splitting up with a spouse is not difficult enough already, immigration matters can make this an even more challenging time in life. However, if you know your rights and have a solid understanding of which steps need to be taken, you may be able to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.
On our citizenship and naturalization page, you can have a look at more information on applying for citizenship.