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Citizenship: Key factors to keep in mind if this is your goal

Of the tens of thousands of immigrants who come to Florida to live, many share the common goal  of wanting to become U.S. citizens. Obtaining citizenship is an extensive process that includes numerous requirements that must be fulfilled. One such requirement pertains to immigrants who are married to spouses who are already citizens.

Regulations state that a person married to a citizen who wishes to petition the government for citizenship must reside in the United States for three consecutive years before doing so. If an applicant is not married to a U.S. citizen, he or she must have lived here for five years before submitting a citizenship application. It is also critical to master certain skills, such as being able to speak, read and write English.

As the often lengthy process toward this ultimate goal unfolds, it includes various types of testing. Not only does an immigrant have to show language proficiency on a test but also basic knowledge of U.S. history. It is definitely an examination process for which one will want to be adequately prepared. Someone who has already gone through the citizenship application process can provide helpful study tips.

Obtaining U.S. citizenship can be an exciting, rewarding time in a Florida immigrant's journey. If, at any phase of the process, a legal problem arises, a concerned applicant can seek legal guidance and support. An attorney who is well-versed in U.S. immigration law is a valuable asset to have on hand in one's quest to achieve naturalization.

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