Florida Immigration Attorney

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Navigating immigration laws can be stressful and confusing. The average person has challenges understanding the various rules, regulations, exceptions, and variations of immigration laws in the United States. Sometimes, it’s impossible to determine how to proceed with a visa or citizenship application and comply with the requirements.

Denied applications are a common problem that people attempting to move or work in this country face. The slightest error can delay the application process or lead to rejection. It might take months or years to resolve the problem.

Hiring an experienced immigration lawyer from Florida Law Advisers, P.A., is crucial. We can protect your rights and guide you through the complex immigration process. Call or contact us online for a free consultation to get started on your case.

Common Types of Immigration Matters

Florida Law Advisers, P.A., represents clients in numerous types of immigration cases, including the following:

  • Immigrant Visas – A foreign national seeking to work or live in the United States permanently can apply for an immigrant visa. Typically, an employer or relative of the applicant can sponsor them by applying with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Non-Immigrant Visas – A non-immigrant visa is for a foreign national who wants to enter the United States temporarily for medical care, temporary work, tourism, or business.
  • Naturalization – A non-citizen must undergo the naturalization process to become a United States citizen.
  • Marriage or Fiancé/Fiancée Visas – A non-citizen can enter the country with a K-1 visa and get married if their fiancé/fiancée is a citizen. A married non-citizen can apply for a K-3 visa to join their spouse in the country.
  • Green Cards – You can legally stay in the United States without naturalization if you have a green card.
  • Family Petition for Immigration – Your relationship to a U.S. citizen will determine the type of family visa you need to enter the country. Selecting the wrong visa can lead to significant delays.
  • Employment/Labor Certification – A foreign beneficiary seeking to live and work in the country permanently can obtain an employment-based green card through Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) Labor Certification.
  • Deportation Defense – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) might detain a non-citizen during the deportation process. If you face deportation, you need representation from an aggressive and experienced Florida immigration attorney.
  • Student Visas – If you’re a student who plans to study in the United States, you must enroll at a qualified institution and apply for a student visa. You can stay in the country for a specified period if the government approves your application. Typically, the period ends upon completing the study assignment or program.
  • Acquiring Citizenship – You can apply for citizenship if you are a permanent resident and meet specific conditions required by USCIS. Confirming the requirements, such as physical presence, length of residency, and good moral character, before applying is crucial.

What Is the Difference Between Citizenship and Naturalization?

The primary difference between citizenship and naturalization is how a person obtains citizenship through these procedures. Someone can become a citizen by going through naturalization and receiving a certificate of naturalization. A citizenship certificate shows that a person has already acquired citizenship upon birth to parents who are citizens of the country.

U.S. citizenship is automatic when someone is born in the United States or a specific U.S. territory to parents who were already U.S. citizens. Additional legal measures aren’t necessary to gain the responsibilities and rights of citizenship.

Foreign citizens and nationals can apply for naturalization after birth. They must meet the requirements imposed by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Eligibility for naturalization requires meeting any of these following conditions:

  • You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other requirements
  • You have been a permanent resident for five years or longer and meet all other conditions
  • Your parents are U.S. citizens, you live outside of the country, and you meet all eligibility conditions
  • You have been a permanent resident for at least three years and meet the requirements to file as the spouse of a U.S. citizen