For those in Florida who hope to become U.S. citizens, the naturalization process can appear mysterious and daunting. An applicant may be unsure if he or she is eligible for citizenship, and the forms and paperwork can be confusing. And some will wonder if something in their past, like an old criminal conviction, will dash their hopes.
For many immigrants in Florida, citizenship is one of their ultimate goals. In order to become a U.S. citizen, a foreign national must meet certain qualifications. If those are met, he or she is eligible to go through the legal process of becoming a citizen, known as naturalization.
Every four years, Americans have the right to vote for a candidate for president that they believe best serves their views. Many natural citizens do not think twice about this privilege. However, in many countries, democracy is not practiced. Democracy is what makes our country great because it gives the rights to citizens to elect office officials.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump's immigration proposals have generated a lot of fear in Florida's immigrant communities. But some research done by a lobbying group shows that Trump's plans would be prohibitively expensive. The group has also released the results of a poll showing most independent voters are opposed to his plans.
People who come to Miami, anywhere throughout Florida or the entire U.S. and are seeking naturalization might be intimidated by all the various rules that have to be followed in completing the task. While these rules are in place to provide a level playing field for those who choose to apply for naturalization, there are also exceptions and accommodations that are available to certain people. If an applicant meets the criteria, it is possible to receive these.
There are a lot of good reasons for an immigrant to become a U.S. citizen. These include the ability to sponsor family members for permanent residency, the ability to travel outside the U.S. for longer periods of time and the ability to receive federal financial aid for college. Today, for many immigrants in Miami, these reasons take second place to more urgent need -- the right to vote.
For immigrants in the Miami area who are embarking on the road to citizenship, the application process can seem complex and intimidating. There are some issues that can jeopardize one's chances of attaining citizenship. It is useful to know what these potential obstacles are, so that one can develop a legal strategy to overcome them if necessary.
Over the recent Presidents' Day weekend, more than 150 people became American citizens at a ceremony in a Miami auditorium. The new citizens had come to the U.S. from 27 different nations -- the largest group was from Cuba. The ceremony was one of many throughout the U.S. conducted to mark the holiday.
One of the most important steps in the naturalization process is the interview with a representative of the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is critical to be as prepared as possible for this meeting. In this post we'll run through a few things an applicant should and shouldn't do during the interview.
Immigrating to the United States is a lifelong dream for many people from countries without the opportunities available in our nation. Other times, visitors become so taken with the allure of life in America that they simply decide to stay, if possible. Our country is built upon a strong foundation of immigration; it is how so many of our families came to be here in the first place. While America still remains open to immigrants, the process is often quite a bit more difficult than people interested in relocating expect.