Citizenship

The Florida family immigration lawyers at Bassey Immigration Law Center help non-U.S. citizens become United States citizens. Our dedicated team of immigration attorneys can provide straightforward answers to your questions about attaining citizenship status, including a review of all requirements and documentation, application filing, eligibility criteria, upgrading from your green card status, naturalization procedures, and processing time. We are committed to giving you and your loved ones the tools you need to realize your own American Dream.

Every year, tens of thousands of non-U.S. citizens begin the process of applying for U.S. citizenship. Their communal quest is a testament to the rights and benefits of U.S. citizenship that make our country the envy of the world. Those rights and benefits include the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to vote and run for elected office, to own a firearm, to become a federal employee, to seek protection from deportation, to sponsor family members for green cards, and due process of law through a trial by a jury of your peers in our judicial system. U.S. citizenship also imposes certain responsibilities, such as participation in the democratic process, responding to a summons for jury duty, and paying taxes that produce revenue for the country’s federal budget.

Helping You Build Your Life In The U.S.

If your immigration plan is to upgrade from green card status to full citizenship in the U.S., or you want to be a citizen so your voting rights can be established in time for our 2020 general election, we have the experienced lawyers who can make your dream a reality — at the Bassey Immigration Law Center, P.A.

Our skilled, talented staff have built a solid reputation for successful service to hundreds of immigration clients, especially citizenship applicants and steps you need to know. Aniefiok Bassey, managing attorney at the firm, leads an exceptional team headquartered in Tampa and Clearwater to serve you better throughout the citizenship process.

Benefits of Citizenship

The benefits and rights of citizenship are almost too numerous to mention — rights that are the reasons why our country is the envy of many in the world. With citizenship comes freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to vote, to run as a candidate for election, to own a firearm, to become a federal employee, to seek protection from deportation, to sponsor family members for green cards and to undertake a trial by a jury of your peers in our judicial system.

As for the responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen, these include participation in the democratic process, responding to a summons for jury duty, obeying all laws and paying taxes that produce revenue for our annual federal budget. Every year, thousands of aspiring citizens agree to uphold these duties.

As you anticipate taking on these challenges, look to Bassey Immigration Law Center attorneys for honest answers to your questions about citizenship, including requirements, applications, eligibility criteria, green card vs. citizenship counsel, U. S. naturalization procedures, U.S. citizenship processing time, documentation and any other facet of this often complex, confusing, time-consuming process. We are dedicated to your brighter future and that of your loved ones.

Contact Bassey Immigration Law Center, P.A., In Tampa Or Clearwater, Florida. The firm has decades of immigration law experience on our side. To arrange your $50 initial consultation, call either of our law offices at 813-600-3340. All email messages are responded to promptly.

Applying for a Green Card: Your First Step Toward U.S. Citizenship

A Permanent Resident Card, or “Green Card,” permits non-U.S. citizens to live and work permanently in the U.S. There are ways to apply to become a United States citizen without first becoming a permanent resident, but the process is more complex, and the application has a higher probability of being denied, particularly if the applicant has ever been an undocumented immigrant. Non-U.S. citizens with a Green Card will have a much smoother path toward citizenship.

Those with questions about their eligibility for a Green Card should contact an immigration lawyer to determine if they fit within any of the categories required by the application. Applicants must demonstrate inclusion in groups such as:

  • Immediate family member who is a U.S. citizen.
  • Immigrant worker, immigrant investor, or a physician pursuant to the Physician National Interest Waiver.
  • “Special Immigrants,” including: religious workers; juveniles who need court protection due to child abuse, neglect, or abandonment; Iraqi and Afghan nationals employed at one time by the U.S. government; international broadcasters; employees and family members of an international organization or NATO.
  • Refugee or asylum status
  • Victims of human trafficking, crime, and abuse.

Eligibility may also be found within certain more narrowly defined other categories or continuous residency rules as defined by the Registry. Immigrants recently wed to U.S citizens and foreign investors with visa may only be eligible to receive two-year conditional residency. They will have to jump through other legal hoops if they want credit for those years when they pursue permanent status. In sum, applying for a Green Card does get complicated, and delays can be lengthy and discouraging.

Florida residents in pursuit of a Green Card are well-advised to call on experience for help. Bassey Immigration Law Center is the firm who can provide the deep insight, develop the correct strategy, organize your efforts, and help get that application approved.

Naturalization: Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Generally, Green Card holders who are over the age of 18, have been legally in the U.S. for five years, and have no questionable special circumstances (e.g., no felony convictions) are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process. Persons who do not satisfy these basic criteria may still have an opportunity to apply for citizenship based on exceptions you should discuss with your immigration and naturalization attorney.

For this leg of the journey to citizenship, candidates will have to prepare and submit Form N-400, the Application for Naturalization. Other obligations include having complete biometrics taken and background checks performed and completing an interview and test with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If the applicant does qualify for U.S. citizenship, the naturalization process could take as long as a year (sometimes more) from the date of submission of the application until final approval.

An Immigration Law Firm Serving the Florida Suncoast

Bassey Immigration Law Center is a long-time trusted resource for non-U.S. citizens in Florida as they navigate the complex forms and procedural requirements that come with getting a Green Card and becoming a Naturalized U.S. citizen. Please complete our online form, or call us to schedule a consultation. We have offices conveniently located in downtown Tampa and Clearwater.