What Should I Consider Before Pursuing U.S. Citizenship in Florida?

You want to become a U.S. citizen, but you aren’t sure if it’s the right decision at this time. You don’t know exactly what it involves, when you’ll become a citizen, or what your rights as a citizen will entail. By learning more, you can decide if you’re ready to apply for U.S. citizenship in Florida. Here’s the key information you should take into consideration.

You Should Have a Good Reason to Become a U.S. Citizen

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a big deal. It takes several years and will cost you money and time. You need to make sure that you have a good reason to become a citizen. For example, perhaps your future spouse is an American citizen, and you want to become one, too. Or, maybe your career prospects are in the U.S.; you need to work in America to be successful in your professional life. Once you hone in on your reason, you can then decide to apply.

You Need to Wait it Out

If you’re in a rush to become a citizen, unfortunately, you won’t be able to do it so quickly. You need to have a green card for at least five years before applying or three years if you’re the spouse of a U.S. citizen. You also need to be able to speak, read, and write basic English, be of good moral character, and be at least 18 years old when you apply.

You Have to Pay Fees

There are various fees involved when you apply for a green card and then, ultimately, citizenship. A green card will cost you around $1,000 while applying for citizenship is $725. You need to consider whether or not you can afford those fees at this time. If you have an immigration attorney helping you – which is highly recommended – then you’ll need to calculate those costs as well.

You Will Have Full Rights

You may be a green card holder right now and see no reason to obtain your citizenship. However, there are many benefits of being a citizen that you should take into consideration. As a citizen, you are able to vote in federal elections, serve on a jury, apply for federal jobs, bring other family members to the United States, and become an elected official. You will also get to keep your residency; once you are a citizen, it cannot be revoked. You will become eligible for federal scholarships and grants so that you can further your education, as well as be able to travel with a U.S. passport. If you have a child abroad, they will be a U.S. citizen.

Becoming a citizen is an important step for you and your family. Make sure that when you’re starting the process, you consult with an immigration attorney for assistance. They can help you save time and ensure that you’re properly filling out your forms. The citizenship process can be confusing and time-consuming. Having someone on your side can make it much easier and allow you to focus on your day-to-day duties instead.

Contact a Florida Immigration Attorney

Do you have questions about becoming a U.S. citizen with the help of an immigration attorney in Florida? Then contact Florida Immigration Law Counsel through our website or by calling 1-800-666-4996. We deal with the government so you don’t have to. We look forward to helping you at this time.


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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.

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