Every year, thousands of immigrants live out their dreams when they attend their swearing in ceremonies, pledging allegiance to the U.S flag. Anyone who has ever attended a ceremony can testify to the wave of emotion felt by those present. If you are ready to become a U.S. Citizen, Luis Mariano Garcia, P.A. is here to help.
Being a United States Citizen offers many opportunities not available to resident aliens such as:
*The right to vote
*The right to hold public office
*The right to apply for social benefits
*The right to petition family members from other countries
*The right to travel to other countries, and enjoy the protection of the U.S. government while abroad
Are you eligible to become a U.S. Citizen?
You are eligible to apply to become a US Citizen if you are at least 18 years of age, have been a permanent resident for at least five years, or if you have been a permanent resident for at least three years AND married to a US Citizen.
Additionally, you should be able to read and write basic English, pass the U.S. Civics and History exam (there are some exceptions to this requirement), demonstrate that you have displayed good moral character while residing in the United States, and pledge allegiance to the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, to become a U.S. Citizen, you must prove continuous residency and physical presence in the United States.
Obstacles Which May Arise
Many permanent residents who wish to become U.S. Citizens encounter problems in doing so for various reasons. Some of these include a past criminal history, or inability to prove continuous physical presence in the U.S. At Luis Mariano Garcia, P.A., we analyze each case individually to ensure that these potential obstacles are addressed prior to filing for naturalization, to avoid denial of your application. Contact us for a consultation, and let us help you get on your way to becoming a United States Citizen.