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More than 700 individuals became citizens at South Florida fair

For many in South Florida, becoming a citizen of the United States is a dream come true. Late last month a record number of individuals participated in the naturalization ceremony which took place at the South Florida Fair. A total of 707 people took the oath of allegiance. The Palm Beach County U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service office conducted the ceremony. 

As individuals who have participated in this ceremony are aware, the path to becoming a citizen of the U.S. often involves more than just passing a written test. Depending on one’s circumstances, other issues may need to be resolved before one qualifies. For instance, some individuals have child support obligations that need to be addressed. In other situations, a criminal record could hold things up. Even the failure to pay federal income taxes or register with the Selective Service System could have a bearing on whether one gets to take the oath. Potential citizens may be deterred by these issues and opt to let their dream of becoming a U.S. citizen die. With all the confusion surrounding immigration matters this is not surprising.

Fortunately, some individuals facing these issues may still be able to become citizens. While the immigration laws are overwhelming to the average person, lawyers who concentrate specifically on this field in their practice are usually well versed in the matter. This often places them in a position to provide assistance to individuals seeking to become U.S. citizens. It is possible that some of the 707 South Floridians who just became citizens of the U.S. worked with an immigration attorney to attain that goal.

Source: Palm Beach Post, “South Florida Fair hosts record U.S. citizenship ceremony today,” Jorge Milian, Jan. 31, 2014

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