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What to do if obstacles arise in your path to citizenship

Perhaps you're one of many Florida immigrants who are currently studying and preparing for one of the most important tests of their lives. You came to the United States with dreams and an ultimate goal of obtaining citizenship. You've been working toward that goal ever since you crossed a U.S. border.

The path to citizenship involves many steps. You must show documented proof that you have lived in the United States for at least five years. If you're married to a U.S. citizen, the time is three years. It is necessary to prove that you are proficient in English -- that you can speak, read and write with fluency. 

It's also necessary to have sufficient knowledge regarding basic U.S. history facts, as well as how the U.S. government functions. In certain circumstances, it is possible to receiving testing in your native language. There are numerous issues that can delay or impede your ability to become a naturalized citizen. For instance, if you have a criminal record, it can not only prevent you from obtaining citizenship, but it may also result in loss of your permanent residency status.

A criminal record may lead to deportation. The best way to avoid legal complications is to consult with an attorney who is well-versed in U.S. immigration law. An attorney can walk you through the entire process and can remain on hand to help address any problematic issue that arises. Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., is a legal team that is fully committed to helping Florida immigrants achieve their citizenship goals.

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