Adults who hold a public library card in Orange County are able to take free classes, called Citizenship Inspired, allowing prospective citizens to participate in a citizenship preparation course three to four times per week in preparation for the U.S. citizenship exam. The Orlando Sentinel reports that classes at the county’s South Creek Branch focused on English reading and writing as well as questions on the social sciences for about a dozen eager students. The library reported that it had helped thousands become American citizens. Classes are offered throughout Orange County’s 17 branches.
Citizenship Through Naturalization
It is estimated that every year approximately 700,000 individuals become American citizens through the naturalization process. This process requires that those applying to become U.S. citizens through naturalization have held green cards for a minimum of five years, or if married to an American citizen, he or she must have held a green card for at least three years before applying to become a naturalized citizen.
As part of the process of naturalization, an applicant must pass an English exam, a Civics test, and be interviewed by an immigration officer. According to statistics, approximately 91% of test takers passed the examinations in 2016, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
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Citizenship via naturalization is the legal process by which a foreign national or foreign citizen is able to become an American citizen. In order to be naturalized, the applicant must first qualify to apply for U.S. citizenship. The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) website notes those who are applying for naturalization must be:
- At least 18 years of age
- A lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
- Reside and be physically present in the U.S. for a minimum of five years (or three years if applicable) at the time of naturalization application
- Be of good moral character
Those seeking naturalization must complete an application, attend an interview, and pass an English and civics examination. Once an applicant successfully completes these steps, he or she takes an oath of loyalty and becomes an American citizen. The purpose of this process is to assist the government’s immigration services to ensure those who are applying for U.S. citizenship are sincere in their desires to become naturalized.
It is estimated that every year approximately 700,000 individuals become American citizens through the naturalization process.
Although the USCIS provides an eligibility worksheet that can help a potential applicant determine whether or not he or she is eligible to apply for citizenship by naturalization, your most vital resource is an experienced immigration attorney. An experienced Orlando immigration attorney can assist you in the preparation of your citizenship application as well as coach you through the examinations and prepare you for the interview with immigration services. Successfully becoming an American citizen through the process of naturalization requires a thorough understanding of the necessary requirements as well as careful preparation for each step that is involved in the process.
If you or a loved one is considering becoming an United States citizens through the naturalization process, you should contact an experienced Orlando immigration attorney to guide you through each step of the way. The Central Florida immigration attorneys at Bogin, Munns & Munns can help you succeed in your journey of becoming a citizen of America. Contact us today to schedule your immigration consultation at one of our conveniently located Central Florida offices.
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