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Become an American Citizen With the Help of Our Team

Are you or one of your family members currently seeking citizenship in the United States? If so, our Hollywood, FL citizenship attorneys at Garcia, Miranda & Gonzalez-Rua, P.A. are prepared to assist you. We are known for acting as dedicated, compassionate advocates to our clients, and we work hard to help you achieve your goal of citizenship.

The citizenship process can be very time-consuming and complex and there are many steps involved which can present roadblocks and obstacles. This is why having an lawyer on your side with years of experience in immigration law can make it easier.

Contact us online or call (888) 340-8424 for an initial consultation with a citzenship attorney at Garcia, Miranda, Gonzalez-Rua, P.A.

How to Apply for Citizenship in Florida

If you're eligible for citizenship, you can apply by:

  • Completing Form N-400. Send a copy of your green card and any required photos.
  • Pay fees.
  • If applicable, attend a biometrics appointment.
  • Attend the USCIS interview.
  • Receive a decision -- you may be “granted”, “continued”, or “denied”.
  • If you're “granted”, take the Oath of Allegiance.

You may complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization online and you have the ability to check the case processing times or the status online as well. If you are in Florida need guidance with this process, feel free to reach out to our citizenship lawyer in Hollywood.

What Are the Requirements for American Citizenship?

If you are born in another country to parents who are citizens of the United States, you will automatically be considered a citizen. Likewise, if you are born in the United States you would be considered a citizen unless you are born to foreign parents who have diplomatic status. If you are not a citizen but are a legal resident of the United States and would like to gain citizenship, it is wise to work with a professional, knowledgeable immigration lawyer. Our firm can help prepare you for success in the citizenship process.

Citizenship may be acquired by:

  • Applying for a U.S. passport
  • Applying for a certificate of citizenship
  • Applying for naturalization

How Long Does Naturalization Take?

It takes nearly 2 years to become a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process in Florida. On average, it takes about 1 year the naturalization application to be processed. It may take shorter or longer depending on the circumstances of your case.

Below is an estimate of the naturalization timeline:

  • Application process: 12 months
  • Citizenship interview and exam: additional 4 months
  • Receiving decision: additional 0-4 months
  • Taking Oath of Allegiance: 0 to 1.5 months

Why Become a Citizen?

Becoming a U.S. citizen can change your life forever. If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), you may renew your green card as many times as you would like, however there are many advantages to becoming a citizen. For example, although LPRs receive benefits such as Medicare, they are required to pay expensive premiums, while U.S. citizens do you.

Below are more reasons why people may choose to become citizens:

  • You are protected from removal or deportation.

  • You can file petitions to reunite with family members.

  • You can travel with no restrictions.

  • You can vote.

  • You can work government jobs.

    Choose a Skilled Citizenship Attorney in Hollywood, FL

    If you are applying for citizenship and live in Florida, we can guide you through the initial application process as well as help you prepare for the interview. Every person who applies for citizenship must be tested on their ability to read and write English, as well as their knowledge of U.S. civics, government, and history. We are here for your ever step of the way.

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    If you are applying for U.S. citizenship in Florida, contact us at (888) 340-8424 for a consultation. Se habla Español!

    Client Testimonials

    • Mr. Miranda provided invaluable and effective advice.

      “Mr. Miranda provided invaluable and effective advice and assistance regarding an immigration issue involving a visa petition for the fiancee of a good friend. Visa was obtained without a hitch, beneficiary entered the country and the couple is now happily married.”

      Manuel

    • Mr. Taveras handled my case with much professionalism, competence and exceptional ethics.

      “Mr. Taveras handled my case with much professionalism, competence and exceptional ethics. He was patient, encouraging and dedicated from the minute I contacted him, until the very end of my Naturalization process. Lawyers like him make all the difference and I want to thank him once again for guiding/representing me and most importantly, handling my case with the assertiveness, yet compassion that one needs through uncertain and intimidating moments, as are Immigration proceedings. I recommend Mr. Taveras and the GM&G team without any hesitation!”

      E.

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      “Garcia, Miranda & Gonzalez -Rua law team is very helpful, professional, and provide the highest level of legal expertise. You won’t find a better legal team. They make the legal process simple and are very responsive to your concerns. I would definitely recommend them and will use their services in the future!”

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    • Mi esposo Edwar y yo no tenemos palabras para describir la felicidad que sentimos porque gracias al abogado Andoni Gonzalez-Rua

      “Mi esposo Edwar y yo no tenemos palabras para describir la felicidad que sentimos porque gracias al abogado Andoni Gonzalez-Rua edwar pudo obtener la recidencia permanente. Durante 12 años estuvimos tratando de arreglar el estatus migratorio de edwar en este país. Estuvimos con cuatro abogados 3 de ellos nos dijeron que Edwar nunca podria arreglar su estatus migratorio y la cuarta abogada solo queria el dinero cuando nos dimos cuenta que esta abogada solo estaba jugando con nosotros y que Edwar podia ser deportado Dios puso en nuestro camino al abogado Andoni y en un año el pudo solucionar el estatus migratorio de Edwar y por fin el ya es recidente de Estados Unidos muchas gracias!!”

      D.R.

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    At Garcia, Miranda & Gonzalez-Rua, P.A., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience to our name. Our team is comprised of legal professionals who draw on unique backgrounds – including former experience as an immigration prosecutor, immigration judge, and Managing Attorney of the CLS. We have prevailed in some of the toughest immigration matters due to our creativity, patience, and genuine compassion. We are truly invested in the success of your case.

    About Garcia, Miranda & Gonzalez-Rua, P.A.

    Why Choose Us?

    • Former Judge & Prosecutor on Your Side

      Mr. Miranda is among a premier group of immigration attorneys with experience as a former immigration prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge.

    • Full-Service Immigration Law Firm

      We have extensive experience handling all types of immigration matters and can successfully represent you before various federal immigration agencies.

    • Over 50 Years of Combined Experience

      The team at Garcia, Miranda & Gonzalez-Rua, P.A. has more than 50 years of combined legal experience. We have the knowledge and ability to handle all types of immigration matters.

    • Serving Clients Throughout South Florida

      We have offices in Hollywood and Miami, Florida. No matter what your case involves, we can help guide your steps anywhere in the South Florida region.