Miami Citizenship Attorney Helps Open the Door
Your new life starts with sound advice and thorough preparation
Deciding to become a citizen of the United States is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. If you believe in the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, your pledge of loyalty entitles you to rights and privileges unequalled by citizens of any other country on earth. This is not only a blessing for yourself, but one you can pass on to your children. If you need assistance applying to become a U.S. citizen, the Law Offices of Arthur D. Lake, LLC can help with reliable advice based on professional knowledge and personal experience.
Obtaining U.S. citizenship through naturalization
An immigrant to the United States you can be naturalized under the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This law requires that you demonstrate:
- Continuous residence and physical presence in the United States.
- The ability to read, write and speak English
- A knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
- Good moral character
- Dedication to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
- A favorable disposition toward the United States
While the last three requirements are mandatory, the first three requirements can be modified or waived for some applicants. If you need a waiver for yourself or a spouse, choose carefully among the citizenship attorneys in Miami to find one who can persuasively argue your case. To determine whether you are ready to move forward, you can consult any number of Miami citizenship lawyers. Arthur Lake’s knowledge goes beyond the legal learning of most other Miami immigration attorneys. He’s gone through the naturalization process and knows it from an immigrant’s point of view. Since his naturalization, Attorney Lake has helped numerous applicants in Boca Raton and in Broward and Miami-Dade counties obtain U.S. citizenship. Some clients have even journeyed from Orlando to have him handle their case.
Steps toward naturalization
The process to become a U.S. citizen is rather simple. Residents who already have green cards must:
- Complete an application
- Pass a citizenship test
- Take an oath of loyalty
The Law Offices of Arthur D. Lake, LLC provides dependable advice on how to prepare each step of the way.
Derivative citizenship benefiting children of naturalized parents
The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) states that when a parent of foreign-born minor children obtains U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process, those children become citizens automatically. The same is true of foreign-born minor children adopted by U.S. citizens. It is not necessary for either the parent or the child to apply for derivative citizenship, but it’s important to know for certain that your circumstances meet the legal requirements. For your children to qualify for derivative citizenship under the CCA, the following conditions must be met:
- At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen
- The child must be under age 18
- The child must currently reside permanently in the United States under the legal and physical custody of a parent who’s a U.S. citizen
- The child must be a lawful permanent resident
Contact a knowledgeable citizenship lawyer in Miami, FL for a free consultation if retained
The Law Offices of Arthur D. Lake, LLC helps permanent residents understand the naturalization process and obtain U.S. citizenship. For a free initial consultation, call 305-378-1414 or contact the Miami office online.