Orlando Naturalization Lawyer
Naturalization is the process in which a person that is born outside of the United States obtains U.S. Citizenship. The process is tedious, yet very rewarding. To be eligible, there are a few conditions you must meet before filing.
Privileges of Becoming a US Citizen
One of the biggest privilege is the ability to register to vote. Other privileges include the ability to travel for long periods of time, and the ability to petition for parents, siblings, and married children. Freedom to express yourself. Freedom to worship as you wish. Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury. Right to vote in elections for public officials. Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship. Right to run for elected office. Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
US Naturalization Requirements
You are eligible to file for Naturalization if:
- You are 18 years old at the time of filing the N-400 application;
- You have been lawfully admitted permanent residence (Green Card);
- You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years at the time of filing form N-400; You have continuously resided* in the US for at least 5 years as lawfully permanent resident prior to filling out Form N-400;
- You have been physically present* in the U.S. for at least one-half of the required statutory years at the time of filing;
- You have demonstrated good moral character for at least 5 years prior to the Form N-400 filing date, and the period leading up to taking the Oath of Allegiance;
- You can demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak ordinary words used in the English Language (some exceptions apply, e.g., age and disability); and
- You are able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of U.S. history and government (some exceptions apply).
What is the difference between physical presence and continuous residence?
Continuous residence is where permanent residents maintain their residency in the U.S. (5 years, 3 years for Spouse of U.S. citizenship applicants). Travel in and out of the U.S. is permitted. However, if you have been outside of the U.S. for a continuous period of more than 6 months, you have broken your continuous residence and should contact an attorney before applying for naturalization.
Physical presence is the accumulation of total time spent in the U.S. for the required statutory period. This is the number of days you have actually been present in the U.S. As noted above, travel outside the U.S. is permitted. However, that time spent out of the U.S. does not count toward the statutory time as it does with continuous period. You can accrue continuous residence while out of the U.S., but it will not be counted towards physical presence.
Naturalization: For Spouses of U.S. Citizens
Spouses of U.S. citizens are eligible to naturalize within three years of their permanent resident status if they meet the criteria below. The requirements are similar to those of Naturalization. However, required lengths of residency and presence are shorter than the standard naturalization requirements. You may qualify if you:
- Have been a legally permanent resident for 3 years (Green Card);
- Have been living in marital union with the same citizen spouse during past 3 years;
- Have been physically present in the U.S. for 18 of the 36 months in which you were a permanent resident;
- Have lived in the State in which you are applying in for the last 3 months;
- Have continuously resided* in the U.S. for at least 3 years as A lawful permanent resident prior to filling out Form N-400; and
- Meet all other general requirements (Age, Good Moral Character, read/write/speak English, and Pass the Civics Test).
What if I was married to a U.S. citizen, but I left because of abuse, do I apply at 3 years or 5?
- In many cases, it may still be possible to naturalize within 3 years if the abuse was committed by a U.S. citizen spouse. These cases can be complicated and it is best to contact an attorney for additional guidance.
Naturalization: For Spouses of U.S. Citizens Employed Abroad, EXEMPTION of physical and continuous residence requirements.
Naturalization is also available for spouses of U.S. Citizens that are employed abroad. You or your spouse may qualify for this if you:
- Are employed by the U.S. Government (also U.S. Military, or other qualifying employer such as an American firm or Corporation engaged in trade or commerce of the United States);
- Are a Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) for at least 3 or 5 years based on the qualifiers above and are married to a U.S. citizen spouse; and
- No specific time of residence or physical presence in the U.S. is required to satisfy this exemption.
This is a very nuanced exemption, but extremely beneficial for individuals who would otherwise never meet the requirements. Mubarak Law has handled these types of cases successfully for clients from all over the world. If you are abroad and would like to know if you qualify for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, please contact our office.
Which are the responsibilities of a US Citizen?
- Support and defend the Constitution.
- Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
- Participate in the democratic process.
- Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
- Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
- Participate in your local community.
- Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
- Serve on a jury when called upon.
- Defend the country if the need should arise.
Contact Our Experienced US Citizenship Attorney in Orlando
Many clients need assistance with an Arabic or Spanish speaking immigration attorney to help navigate their naturalization case through the complex U.S. immigration laws. Orlando Naturalization Attorney Mubarak speaks English, Arabic, and Spanish. He has successfully assisted clients in Orlando, Central Florida and throughout the country with their Naturalization applications. Experience counts! Check some of our previous results and our client reviews. Please call us today at (407) 502-3000 or fill out our online form located on this page and we will get back to you shortly. We have a 24-hour emergency service and offer a free initial phone consultation. Your privacy is very important to us and we will keep your information confidential.
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June 7, 2019
★★★★★ Posted in Yelp by LA
I hired Mr Mubarak for condition removal from my temporary green card and then for my citizenship, because of his professionalism and knowledge I was able to get the condition removed without an interview and then we filed for citizenship.He made the process smoother. He rocks and i would highly recommend his services. Thanks to Mr Mubarak and his amazing team.
May 22, 2019
★★★★★ Posted in Google by RR
I had an awesome experience throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend attorney Mubarak if you’re looking for one of the best immigration and naturalization attorneys in Orlando!
February 27, 2019
★★★★★ Posted in Yelp by Luisa A.n
I'm so grateful to Mubarak Law Firm and can't thank them enough for helping me become a US citizen. I had a complicated case and was referred to his office by a friend. Nayef and Jose are very professional and knowledgeable about immigration. Kept me informed on the status of my case all the time. I would highly recommend his office to anyone. Best immigration attorney in Orlando.
September 23, 2016
★★★★★ Posted in Google by EM
I met Nayef when he was working for Njame law firm, he was assigned to my case. I was applying for citizenship but I had a couple of obstacles in the way. I had two misdemeanor drug charges. I spoke to a few other lawyers and there outlook was grim. But after explaining my case to Nayef I felt like there was hope. It took almost two years, I was turned down by the USCIS. Nayef told me keep my cool,he was working on it. We appealed there decision and now I am a US citizen. I would definitely recommend Mubarak law. Nayef is a great lawyer who never gives up on you. Thanks again Mr Mubarak.
November 7, 2017
★★★★★ Posted in Yelp by Klaus L.
We been a client of Mr. Mubarak for over 6 years. Through His dedication and hard work, my Wife finally has by the end of this months Her ceremony in taking the Oath to be an American Citizen. His integrity, knowledge as immigration attorney, commitment to His clients are unquestionable. We are extremely happy to recommend Him to anybody that seeks legal services.
November 1, 2017
★★★★★ Posted in Google and AVVO by IM
Nayef is by far the most knowledgeable and tenacious attorney I have ever had the pleasure to work with and be represented by. He never gave up on my very unique and challenging case. I am now a US citizen thanks to his efforts. I will always be grateful to him and his team for what they did for me.
February 18, 2016
Best Immigration Lawyer in Orlando
★★★★★ Posted in AVVO and Google by OS
Certain people come and go throughout ones life, as such, certain other individuals take you back in awe as you sit back and look up to God and thank him for blessing you with such individuals. Nayef has been my immigration attorney for the past 4 years. Within these 4 years, he has assisted me in becoming a United States Citizen, he has helped achieve permanent residency for my mother, and is working on getting my dad back home and making the Salehi family whole again. We have truly been blessed to have you in our life Nayef. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Appreciate you and Gloria more then you know. If immigration help is what you are seeking, you will be in GREAT hands with Nayef!
May 22, 2014
Great experience.great lawyer
★★★★★ Posted in AVVO by David
I hired Mr. Mubarak to help me with my application for citizenship. He was excellent to work with and helped to make a complicated process seem easy. He was there to answer all my questions and made himself readily available. I would absolutely hire Mr. Mubarak again and would recommend him to anyone I know.
105 E. Robinson St. suite 307
Orlando - Florida 32801
Tel: 407 502-3000
Fax: 407 650-3308