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Immigration Attorney in Boca Raton, Florida

Naturalization & Naturalization Appeals

Naturalization is the procedure by which a foreign alien who is a legal permanent resident becomes a citizen of the United States of America. To many, this is a culmination of a very long process. In order to become a citizen of the United States of America the applicant must meet several eligibility requirements and must also pass an English and Civics History Test.

Some applicants qualify for an exemption to the English requirement. Applicants with severe medical conditions may also qualify for a medical waiver of the testing requirement. It is very important to fully disclose everything required in the application and it is very important to meet all the requirements. Applicants with a criminal record must pay particular attention and determine whether their criminal history can impact the outcome of their application.

The goal is to get the application for Naturalization approved. If for some reason it is denied, the applicant has a very limited number of days to submit an appeal so that your application be reviewed again for possible reversal of the original denial and approval of the application. Time is of the essence and typically extensions of time are not granted, it is crucial to get proper representation to navigate the naturalization process, especially when the application presents challenging issues such as extended time outside the United States, criminal history, or previous denials.

Simple citizenship applications could be denied for simple mistakes if the person completing the application is not familiar with the process. We have handled many naturalization cases over the years and will work to get your case approved.

Family-Based Residency

The law allows for U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents of the United States to petition for permanent residency for certain relatives. The length of time that this process takes varies case by case and an important factor is what kind of relative is the beneficiary of the petition for permanent residency. It is important to ensure that the application is submitted completely to avoid delays. The immigration process is long and small mistakes can make the process even longer. It is important to be represented by counsel familiar with these kinds of cases so that the process takes the shortest time possible.

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Adjustment of Status

Some people qualify to file an application with USCIS to adjust their status without the need to leave the United States and attend an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. It is important that a determination is made that the person qualifies for such an adjustment. If the person does not meet the requirements then an alternative proceeding like the consular process needs to be commenced.

Consular Processing

This is the process to apply for an immigrant visa when the beneficiary of a petition for permanent residency is outside of the United States. Once USCIS approves the petition for permanent residency, the next step is complete an application for an immigrant visa with the U.S. Department of State and send supporting documents to the National Visa Center. This could become a burdensome process for individuals not familiar with this proceeding. The requirements for supporting documents are very long and very specific and vary depending on the country of origin of the applicant.

Visas & Extension Change of Status

There are a variety of visas available for different kinds of activities that foreign nationals can carry out in the United States. There are visas for tourism, work, study, business, etc. There is also the possibility of being under one visa status and requesting the option to extend such status or switch to another status without having to leave the United States. It is important to change status timely and never fall out of status. 

Arrange A Free Consultation With An Experienced Lawyer

If you would like to discuss your matter with an attorney, reach out to Zuniga Law, P.A. You can all our offices or arrange an appointment through our online form. We offer free initial consultations, allowing us to assess your case without obligating you to retain our services.

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