Being a permanent resident for at least 4 years and 9 months prior to applying for naturalization

Our knowledge of the naturalization process and attention to detail will give you great peace of mind. The time period for which your permanent residency is counted against the time necessary to become a U.S. citizen starts the day you gain permanent resident status, which is listed on the Permanent Resident card.

Permanent residents and visa holders who desire to become U.S. citizens must go through the process known as naturalization. One of the primary requirements for naturalization is to be a permanent resident (EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3) for at least four years and nine months. Three months prior to your five-year mark of permanent residency, you may begin the naturalization application process. This requirement is cut and dry, but the process of naturalization is a detailed one. To ensure it is done right, contact the citizenship attorneys at the Florida Immigration Law Counsel.

There are two conditions that define the permanent residency rule. These are:

  • The applicant must be physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months during the five years of permanent residency.
  • The applicant may not leave the U.S. for more than six months at a time. The applicant may give a reasonable explanation for the extended period of time away, if necessary.

Other requirements for naturalization include:

  • Be considered an individual of good moral character;
  • Taking an oath of loyalty to the United States;
  • Having a demonstrated ability to speak, read and write in English
  • Showing knowledge of U.S. history and government via a written test

The resident alien may also apply for naturalization if they have been married to a U.S. citizen for at least three years.

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a tremendous accomplishment with a great set of benefits including, the right the vote and the ability to sponsor relatives to come to the U.S. It’s critical to have expert guidance through this process. The citizenship attorneys at FL-ILC have years of experience in immigration law and can help you. Contact us today at 1-800-666-4996.


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Attorney Saman Movassaghi, Esq.

Caring and compassionate, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is a Florida immigration attorney dedicated to producing the results her clients need. She has over 17 years of experience helping both corporate and individual clients with an emphasis in employment/investment cases and family adjustment cases.

As the Managing Attorney at Florida Immigration Law Counsel, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez and her team are capable of representing and helping individuals looking to attain a Family VisaWork Visa, and Citizenship/Naturalization. Her experience successfully representing clients in front of the Department of Justice for cases involving Deportation/Removal Proceedings will lead to success in your case.

Her experience and expertise in immigration litigation has led to multiple Avvo awards and other accolades, including the Clients’ Choice for 2017 Immigration Attorney. Her clients also consistently post positive reviews on her Facebook page. Her experience has also allowed her to teach a new generation of lawyers as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, and she also regularly gives speeches on immigration matters.

Counselor Gonzalez is also experienced in helping corporate clients through the process of filing for Employment Visas, Labor Certifications, and Business and Investment Visas with the Department of Labor. She takes on the entire case from start to finish, simplifying the process for her clients and allowing them to focus on their business.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi – Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and assured in making her their go-to immigration attorney in Florida. Her goal is to ensure that those who want to live the American dream have a professional fighting for them and making the process as painless as possible.

Saman’s passion for immigration law stems from her personal life as the daughter of immigrants. Her parents were recipients of the student F1 visa in 1971. Her father came into this country with the goal to improve his life and the life of his children. He earned a PhD in Civil Engineering and Business, instilling in his daughter a strong work ethic that she carries to this day. Saman saw firsthand what it means to be an immigrant and achieve the American Dream.

Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez can personally understand the struggle of immigrants and the children of immigrants navigating through the bureaucratic process of immigration law. Because of this, she dedicates herself fully and provides her personal attention to every case. She prides herself on developing a strong relationship with each and every client, and she is not afraid of pushing the envelope and looking for answers where other attorneys have failed.

Saman Movassaghi makes it her goal to provide you with only the best representation for immigration matters because she believes it’s time for you to live the American dream!