Special citizenship rules apply to individuals born in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S. to foreign diplomats who are officially assigned to the United States. Children of foreign diplomats, that is, are not considered U.S. citizens at birth even if they are born on U.S. soil. They may, however, be eligible for a green card as a permanent resident.
For immigrants who are living in Florida and throughout the United States, the pathway to citizenship may appear quite daunting. However, once a person becomes an American citizen, he or she can experience many benefits as outlined in the U.S. Constitution and federal laws. As part of the naturalized process, prospective citizens are required to take the Oath of Allegiance before they can enjoy the privileges and benefits of citizenship. In the oath, they promise to swear allegiance to the United States of America, which entails resigning any former allegiance to another government or nation. Moreover, they promise to uphold and protect the U.S. Constitution and laws and to serve to the country when necessary.
When a Florida couple intends to adopt a child from a foreign country, the couple will need to make certain they have sought and obtained the required visas for their child. Children who are being adopted from abroad are required to enter the country on an immigrant visa.
Our immigration law attorneys at Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli and Pratt, P.A., are prepared to help individuals in Florida who are facing possible deportation from the United States. Whether your case involves criminal convictions or allegations of immigration law violations, we are ready to put our extensive knowledge of immigration defense strategy to work in an effort to help you stay in the country.
Individuals in Florida who want to obtain citizenship may be concerned about the administration of the naturalization test that must be passed. The testing is conducted in order to determine whether an applicant has successfully met the requirements for knowledge of U.S. government and history as well as the English language. The English language portion assesses an applicant's ability to understand the language. An applicant must be able to speak, read, and write the language proficiently. A civics test is administered to measure knowledge of history and government issues and facts.
During a naturalization ceremony that occurred in Little Havana in Miami on June 5, it was announced that the month of June would be called Immigrant Heritage Month. The month was given this name by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in order to honor those who have immigrated to the United States. At the ceremony, 50 people from all over the world were selected to be sworn in as citizens of the U.S. Unlike most ceremonies, this particular event honored the previous generations of immigrants who were instrumental in the shaping of the state of Florida and the nation.
Florida residents who live in the United States legally as permanent residents may wonder about the benefits of naturalization. There are currently more than eight million green card holders living in the U.S. However, of all those eligible to pursue citizenship annually, a mere 8 percent do so.
A immigration case involving the father of two U.S. children may have caught the attention of Florida residents. It spurred a large public outcry and ended with the man's deportation to Guatemala. The resident of Guatemala previously applied for amnesty in the U.S. after facing threats to his life, which supporters say were attributed to his actions against a powerful gang in his native country. The denial came after the man fled to the U.S. in 2005. Deportation proceedings began after he was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation in December 2012, according to family.
Travelers coming to the United States must satisfy immigration officials who are stationed at border crossings at airports, such as Miami International Airport, that they are legally entitled to enter the country. A U.S. citizen usually has an easy time passing through immigration checkpoints and into the country, but this was not the case for a woman whose citizenship was questioned by officials.
In news that may be of interest to people in Florida, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's top lobbyist has said he believes that a new immigration law has little or no chance of being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives until early next year. He stated that fiscal and other issues will likely force immigration matters to take a back seat as most lawmakers appear to be unwilling to take on a topic that has proven to be quite divisive.