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Naturalization & Citizenship

The Naturalization Journey to U.S. Citizenship

The naturalization process offers a clear path for foreign nationals to become U.S. citizens. To begin this journey, applicants must submit Form N-400. Eligibility for this form requires holding a green card. Key criteria for naturalization include:

  • Permanent Residency: Maintain permanent resident status for at least five years and meet all other eligibility criteria.
  • Marital Status: If married to a U.S. citizen, maintain permanent resident status for at least three years and meet the necessary qualifications.
  • Military Service: Service in the U.S. armed forces and meeting additional eligibility requirements.
  • Parental Citizenship: Reside outside the U.S. with U.S. citizen parents and meet all other eligibility criteria.

Once eligibility is confirmed, you can start the process by filing Form N-400 with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Approval leads to the naturalization ceremony, where new citizens take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and receive their certificate of naturalization, symbolizing their new status.

Challenges in the Naturalization Process

Naturalization can present several hurdles. Even minor past mistakes may affect eligibility. Our seasoned naturalization attorneys at the Law Office of Carlos A. Baradat, P.A., are here to help navigate these challenges, which may include:

  • Domestic violence allegations
  • Restraining orders
  • Legal complexities
  • Excessive time spent outside the U.S.
  • Ongoing criminal cases or disqualifying convictions
  • Incorrect U.S. tax filings
  • Failure to register for selective service

Additionally, applicants may face restrictions such as:

  • Voting in U.S. elections as a permanent resident
  • Child support obligations
  • Tax-related issues
  • Extended periods outside the U.S.
  • Marital separation

Collaborating with an experienced U.S. naturalization attorney can help you overcome these obstacles and increase your chances of success.

Requirements for Naturalization

To apply for U.S. citizenship, you must meet several requirements:

  • Age and Residency: Be at least 18 years old and have held a green card for a minimum of five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen).
  • Tests: Pass an English test and a U.S. civics and history test, with certain exceptions.
  • Physical Presence: Maintain a continuous physical presence in the U.S. and meet residency criteria.
  • Moral Character: Demonstrate good moral character.
  • Residency Duration: Reside in the U.S. and the state where you file your application for at least three months.
  • Support for the Constitution: Support the Constitution and the U.S. government.

These requirements can be complex, and many applicants misinterpret their eligibility. An experienced citizenship lawyer at the Law Office of Carlos A. Baradat, P.A., can provide essential guidance, accurately assess eligibility, and address concerns, significantly improving the chances of a successful application.

How a U.S. Citizenship Lawyer Can Assist

Gaining citizenship through naturalization can be intricate. A U.S. citizenship lawyer from the Law Office of Carlos A. Baradat, P.A., offers invaluable support in several ways:

  • Eligibility Evaluation: Review residency status, immigration history, and potential challenges.
  • Document Preparation: Ensure accurate completion and timely submission of all forms, including Form N-400.
  • Legal Representation: Provide advice and representation throughout the naturalization process, including preparation for the naturalization interview.
  • Application Denial Support: Address reasons for application denial or requests for additional evidence and guide through appeals or reapplication processes.

The expertise of a U.S. citizenship lawyer enhances the likelihood of obtaining citizenship. Contact the Law Office of Carlos A. Baradat, P.A., to benefit from our specialized legal assistance.

Contact Us

For expert guidance through the naturalization process, reach out to the Law Office of Carlos A. Baradat, P.A. We have offices in Naples, FL, and Boca Raton, FL, and we also offer virtual consultations nationwide.

Law Office of Carlos A. Baradat, P.A.
Firm Phone: 239-206-1779
Email: admin@baradatlaw.com
Office: Boca Raton, FL | Naples, FL | Virtual From Anywhere

What Our Clients Say About Us!

Mi experiencia con los servicios del abogado Carlos Baradat fueron extraordinarios. No existen cantidad de estrellas para reflejar la excelencia, entrega, profesionalismo, humildad que les brindan él y su colectivo de trabajo a personas que como yo, un día necesitaron de personas que se identificaran con su caso y sirvieran de apoyo legal para el logro de un proceso determinado de inmigración. Logrando con su trabajo de excelencia devolverles la sonrisa y la felicidad al ganar un caso de asilo político ante un juez de inmigración y así cumplir los sueños de tantas familias de inmigrantes. Jamás dudaría en volver a solicitar sus servicios

Maybel Benitez

Mr. Carlos Baradat is a very professional attorney. He has taken care of all our needs. He is a man of integrity and well respected in the community. He gets involved personally in the case and works hard to achieve it. He kept us informed at all times and had all the answers to all the questions. I highly recommend Mr. Baradat without any hesitation.

Joe Martin

Carlos has been working with me for the last years as my lawyer to obtain my Citizenship. His knowledge and attention to detail have helped me get my Citizenship in record time even through the pandemic. He is thorough and easy to work with and always willing to take the time to discuss my concerns and respond to questions.

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Our lawyers will also represent you in civil litigation cases such as divorce.