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Jacksonville Beach, FL Citizenship Attorneys

We Help Good People Become Citizens Of The Greatest Country In The World!

Want to become a citizen of the United States, and gain all of the rights, privileges, and freedoms that go along with that amazing identity? Not sure where to start, or maybe you have already begun the process but have run into hurdles, and need legal guidance to overcome them? Trust our experienced, knowledgeable Jacksonville Beach citizenship attorneys – we’ll work tirelessly to achieve your American dream! Call now to schedule a free consultation and learn more about what we can do to serve you.

Jacksonville Beach Citizenship Attorneys

Benefits Of U.S. Citizenship 

As a citizen of the United States, you can enjoy the following:

  • Freedom to express yourself
  • Freedom to worship as you wish
  • Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury
  • Right to vote in public elections
  • Right to apply for federal employment
  • Right to run for elected office
  • Being able to sponsor family members for green cards
  • Ability to travel with a U.S. Passport
  • No risk of deportation
  • And more!

The Path To U.S. Citizenship 

The process of obtaining citizenship is extremely involved and complicated, and laws are always changing. Our firm can take care of all of the paperwork and details for you so that you can focus on what matters most and have the peace of mind that your case is in professional hands.

Here’s a brief overview of what you need to know about the steps involved, and how we can help:

Qualifying for citizenship:

  • Citizenship is available to people who are born abroad to parents who are U.S. citizens, or who are minor children of naturalized citizens.
  • If you do not fall under either of those categories and were not born in the U.S., you will need to acquire citizenship through naturalization.
  • You can qualify for naturalization if you are at least 18 years old, have been married to a U.S. citizen for at least 3 years, or have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years. (If you are not yet a lawful permanent resident, our Jacksonville Beach citizenship lawyers can help you obtain the proper documentation so that you can get started working towards the 5 year goal!)

Complete and submit the correct application:

  • Form N-600 or Form N-600K if your parents are U.S. citizens
  • Form N-400 if you are pursuing naturalization. Note that Form N-400 is lengthy and complex, and any mistakes made can result in a rejection, delay, or you having to restart the process. Form N-400 also requires supporting documentation. Our attorneys can help you complete or review your application to make sure that you have everything in order and that it is completely error-free!

Attend the biometrics appointment (if applicable):

  • It is likely that you will be required by the USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Services) to be fingerprinted and photographed so the FBI can conduct criminal background checks.
  • If there are criminal issues in your past, our Jacksonville Beach citizenship lawyers can explain your options for resolving those issues or explain how they may impact your application. We have experience in criminal defense law, so our knowledge can prove invaluable to you!

Attend the scheduled USCIS interview:

  • It is very important not to miss this interview, and to be well-prepared; this is one of the most important steps in the process. Rescheduling can set you back by several months, and you may be denied citizenship if the interview doesn’t go smoothly.
  • Part of the interview will involve you taking an English and civics test. You must pass this test in order to become a naturalized citizen! Our firm can ensure that you are prepared.If you fail, you are given a re-take opportunity within 60 to 90 days, but your application can be denied if you fail a second time.

Take the Oath of Allegiance or File for an appeal hearing:

  • There may be a few more steps you need to take after the interview, such as providing additional documentation.
  • If you are approved, you will attend a naturalization ceremony and take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. You are not a citizen until you take the Oath, and then you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization!
  • If you are denied, our Jacksonville Beach citizenship attorneys can file Form N-366 with the appropriate fees to request a hearing and dispute the decision.

How Our Jacksonville Beach Citizenship Attorneys Can Assist You

At Weldon Law Group, PLLC, we take a personalized approach to your case. Our founding attorney, Ian Weldon, navigated the immigration process with his wife, who is Peruvian, so he personally understands the emotions and struggles that go along with pursuing citizenship. He is bilingual, and belongs to the American Immigration Lawyers Association. His Duval County connections and extensive experience can give you an advantage! Call today to schedule a free consultation and find out what your next steps are!

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