Reports show that there are roughly 800,000 immigrants in Florida who are eligible for citizenship, with 500,000 of them living in South Florida.
While much of the nation is divided about what immigration reform should look like, it is important that immigrants realize that the discussion has not changed the fact that for those who meet the guidelines, United States citizenship is still an option. This is illustrated by new Americans who recently swore their allegiance to the United States.
When it comes to immigration matters the focus is most often placed upon adult immigrants coming to the United States. In many cases those individuals seek to eventually become citizens. Of course immigration matters pertain to children as well. In some situations they too fulfill their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens—even though they are still minors.
Citizenship is the ultimate goal for many who enter the country. Last month we wrote a post regarding why someone might want to become a citizen of the United States. In that post we pointed to several of the benefits that might prompt someone who is eligible to pursue this course of action, including but not limited to, the opportunity to participate in politics and receive federal financial assistance for things such as loans for college.
There are multiple reasons why someone who is a permanent resident of the United States might decide to apply for citizenship. Depending on each person’s specific circumstances, the reasons will vary widely.
Family sponsorship is just one of many ways that immigrants may seek to obtain a visa that would enable relatives to live in the United States. For a family member to qualify there are certain requirements that must be met and the U.S. government has a variety of grounds upon which the visa application can be denied. One of those is on “terrorism grounds.” The U.S. Supreme Court is planning on reviewing a case in which that was the reason provided for the denial, without any additional explanation provided.
While many would likely say that the road to United States citizenship can be a long and twisted, for one Florida man it was even longer than normal. His final interview had to be postponed after he suffered a medical emergency right before it was originally scheduled to take place.
EB-5 regional centers can currently be found in locations throughout the nation. Under the program immigrant investors and their families can come to the United States in exchange for investing a certain amount of money in a regional center. The centers are generally located in areas where employment is low and the economy could use stimulation.
Most individuals reading this post probably think they are aware of their immigration status. You may want to think twice about this however. A 58-year-old Florida man, who was born in Cuba and came to the United States as a 9-year-old child, recently learned that he is not a U.S. citizen, or even a resident. This discovery was made when the man sought a passport to take a Caribbean vacation.
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.