When you arrived in Florida as an immigrant, you may have felt overwhelmed as you tried to immerse yourself in a new culture and adapt to a lifestyle that was, perhaps, very different from the one to which you were accustomed. As the weeks and months pass by, you’re likely to feel more at home, especially if you are able to master skills in English. If you’re working toward U.S. citizenship, you’ll no doubt be studying for your naturalization test as part of your adjustment of status process.
Passing a test is not the only requirement you must meet to become a U.S. citizen. You must also know people who are willing to speak on your behalf to attest to your good character. Applying for citizenship isn’t something you can do right away when you come to live in the United States.
If you arrived here on a marriage-based visa, then you’ll likely be able to apply for citizenship after three years. If you did not marry a U.S. citizen, you’ll have to live in this country for five consecutive years before filing an application for naturalization. Once you file the application, you must stay in the United States until you have achieved the adjustment of status you desire.
If a legal problem arises that is delaying or impeding your adjustment of status to obtain citizenship, it is good to know where to seek additional support to help resolve the issue. A Florida immigration law attorney is a great asset to have on hand. Such an attorney can provide clarification of U.S. immigration laws and policies and can help you make sure you have covered all bases as you work your way from application to taking your citizenship oath. Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., is an experienced team of attorneys who are committed to providing strong support to immigrants and their families.