Citizenship

Orlando Citizenship Lawyers

Start a New Life: Apply for Citizenship!

Citizenship in the United States is open to all people seeking freedom and the opportunity for a new life. The values, culture, and identity of the United States have been built from the contributions of people from around the world seeking to enrich their lives and the lives of their families. There are many ways to obtain citizenship. Determining the best route for you depends on your situation.

Contact Lim Law, P.C. online or call (407) 512-9919 to speak with a citizenship attorney in Orlando. We offer services in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

What Are the Citizenship Requirements?

You could be a candidate for citizenship if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are at least 18 years old or older.
  • You can read, write, and speak English. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
  • You have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least five years.
  • You have resided continuously in the U.S. for at least five years (3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen) and are physically present in the U.S. half the time.
  • You understand the fundamentals of U.S. history and government.
  • You are are a "good moral character".

If none of the above apply to you, there is a chance you can still apply for citizenship. However, even if you do not meet any of these requirements, you can start taking steps now to reach the requirements. Our citizenship attorneys in Orlando can help.

We offer services in many languages. Call (407) 512-9919 to request a free in-person consultation with an Orlando citizenship lawyer.

How to Obtain Citizenship

In the United States, the most common way to obtain citizenship is through a green card, however there are four ways to obtaining citizenship. Below are simplified descriptions of ways to obtain citizenship in the U.S.

Four ways to gain citizenship:

  1. Citizenship through naturalization (green card and naturalization application, Form N-400)
  2. Citizenship through marriage (green card and Form I-130)
  3. Citizenship by birth (both your parents must be U.S. citizens and one of them must have lived in the U.S. before the child's birth)
  4. Citizenship through the military by applying for naturalization

Apply for Citizenship With Lim Law, P.A.

These are simple descriptions of ways to gain citizenship. Depending on your situation, there are specific requirements and other elements to consider such as interviews, biometrics appointments, and more. If you wish to apply for citizenship, it is best to reach out to an experienced citizenship lawyer in Orlando such as Attorney Henry Lim.

Continue reading below to learn more about the advantages of citizenship and more.

You can request a paid consultation over the phone or schedule a free in-person meeting. Contact us at (407) 512-9919 to let us know what works best for you. Our citizenship lawyers in Orlando are here for you.

What Are the Advantages to Citizenship?

There are many advantages to becoming a citizen in the United States. Comparatively, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) may work and pay taxes, but this status does not have the same benefits as citizenship. For example, although programs such as Medicare are public, LPRs may be required to pay expensive premiums, whereas citizens do not.

Below are some advantages of becoming a U.S. citizen:

  • You are protected from deportation.
  • If you have children under 18 who are LPRs, they automatically become U.S. citizens when parents naturalize.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen, you can file petitions to reunite with family members. LPRs can only do this for spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult sons & daughters only.
  • You will have the freedom to travel. For LPRs, travel is restricted; you are only allowed to ravel during a certain time during a given year.
  • You will have the ability to vote.
  • You will be eligible to work government jobs.

Dual Citizenship

The United States recognizes dual citizenship. To be a dual citizen means you are a citizen of two countries at the same time. Dual citizens owe their allegiance to both the United States and a second home country and are required to obey the laws and policies of both countries.

However, while the U.S. allows its citizens the right to claim dual nationality, each country has its own nationality laws based on its own policies. Some nations place restrictions on citizens acquiring dual citizenship, and some nations do not allow dual citizenship at all. Contact your embassy to learn about the nation’s laws regarding dual citizenship and seek the guidance of a Orlando citizenship attorney.

Our Citizenship Lawyers in Orlando are Ready to Help

Obtaining citizenship to the United States can be confusing, complex, and time-consuming to anyone unfamiliar with the U.S. legal system. With over 15 years of experience, our citizenship attorneys can assist you with all of your quedstions. Choose our experienced immigration attorneys today.

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Attorneys

  • Henry  Lim, Esq. Photo
    Henry Lim, Esq.

    Founding Attorney

    Born in Nicaragua, Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim knows the immigrant experience firsthand. He knows how stressful the process can be. Because of this, Henry knows the value of an aggressive immigration attorney. He uses his skill and insight to work for you.
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    Rafael Ortiz-Segura

    Of Counsel

    With 23 years of experience on the bench, former Immigration Judge Rafael Ortiz-Segura brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to Lim Law, P.A. His time in Orlando immigration court makes him one of the most experienced professionals in immigration in all of Central Florida. Most immigration lawyers in Orlando have argued cases before him.
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    Henye S. Perez

    Partner

    Henye S. Perez is the Senior Associate Attorney at Lim Law, P.A. Focusing on Immigration and Nationality Law, Attorney Perez has handled a multitude of cases involving complex immigration matters, ranging from visa petitions to defending immigrants in removal proceedings. He has successfully advocated for clients before U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration Customs & Enforcement, the Executive Office of Immigration Review and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Graduating ...
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    Michelle Villagran

    Attorney

    Michelle Villagran joined the Lim Law team in 2017. As the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, she has a personal understanding of the struggles individuals endure while navigating the American immigration system. Michelle graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She later graduated from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. During her law school career, Michelle participated in the Barry Law Immigration ...
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    Rachel Krewson

    Attorney

    Rachel has been with Lim Law, P.A. since September 2019. Her passion for the law began when she was a child and her parents joke that they knew she would be a lawyer when they discovered her making her sisters sign contracts to commit to promises they made. She began her legal career more than 20 years ago as a receptionist in a small law firm before becoming a paralegal and ultimately going to law school. Rachel graduated from Barry University School of Law in May 2014 and has been practicing ...
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    Daniel Teyssier

    Paralegal

    Daniel E. Teyssier has been with Lim Law, P.A. since March 2018, born in Mexico City. He has a history of 14 years formation and work experience in government agencies such as the Consulate of Mexico in Orlando and the Mission of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva and Switzerland. He speaks English, Spanish and French, and has an extensive knowledge and experience working with the community. He has a great passion for sports and cars. The most important thing to him is family.
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    Jiamin Liang

    International Marketing

    Jiamin is from Canton China, hometown of dim sum and many other delicious foods. As Director of Overseas Marketing for Lim Law, Jiamin coordinates all activities through our China branch in Guangzhou. This magnificent city is home to the Canton Tower and shares very similar weather to Orlando. Jiamin travels all year within China and oftentimes seeks business opportunities for the firm in other countries. At one point, she travelled to eleven cities in China all within six days! Jiamin enjoys ...
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    Vanessa Vargas

    Paralegal

    Vanessa Vargas was born in Lima, Peru. She joined the Lim Law Team one year ago and believes it has been very rewarding opportunity. Immigration law is close to her heart because she underwent the process herself and is eager to help others in need. She is eagerly pursuing her bachelor’s degree with honors in Political Science at the University of Central Florida and will graduate one year earlier than anticipated. She hopes to become a successful Immigration Attorney one day. In her free time, ...
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    Sheana Malavet

    Paralegal

    Sheana Malavet was born on a military base in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. She joined the Lim Law family as a Paralegal in February 2019, and she has an educational background in the legal field with degrees in Paralegal and Legal Studies. She has always wanted to be a member of the legal community. She is ambitious and goal oriented. She is passionate about advocating for human rights and aspires to run for congress sometime within the next few years. She loves logic and reasoning games. Her favorite ...
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    Meybelin Barrera

    Law Clerk

    Meybelin Barrera was born in Queens, New York. She is the daughter of Colombian nationals whose immigration story has shaped her pursuit to serve the community. She received a Bachelor's degree with honors in Business & Information Management in addition to a certification and specialization in Financial Operations from Seminole State College. She joined the Lim Law team after working for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association in their Guardian ad Litem program, where she ...
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    Viviana Roman

    Legal Assistant

    Viviana Roman was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has one daughter, Annabelle, whom she loves to spend her afternoons rollerblading around the neighborhood. She joined the Lim Law, P.A. team over one year ago, and it was something very new for her. She was excited to take on this opportunity and is happy to help others everyday. She loves being part of the Lim Law team, and is excited for the future of our firm!
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Testimonials

  • Jose castillo

    Un caso difícil

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    Abogado Henrry Liw abogada Michelle villa gran y abogada Karen Romero

  • Claudia

    Excellent

  • Miguelina Mejia

    Los mejores en casos migratorios!! 100% Recomendados

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    Respectfully professional

  • Margarett G., via Facebook

    Los recomiendo 100%.

  • Rosario L., via Facebook

    En las Oficinas de Lim Law,P.A Usted encontrará a los mejores Abogados de Inmigración.

  • Lily G., via Google

    Henye went the extra mile to explain things and answer all our questions.

  • Ariadna B., via Google

    La atención hasta el momentp ha sido muy buena, están atentos al caso

  • Giuliana P., via Google

    I truly recommend him to anyone trying to get their citizenship.

  • Julia B., via Facebook

    el mejor abogado felicitaciones.

  • Julie D., via Google

    Tienen la experiencia y la audacia para luchar por sus clientes.

  • Eduardo R., via Google

    Overall fantastic service, very professional and I would recommend Lim Law to anyone needing immigration services.

  • Antonietta M., via Google

    They were phenomenally awesome with great customer service and attention to detail to every concern or question you could have.

  • Elzem G., via Google

    Gracias a Henry Lim Law, a el Sr Pedro, a la sra. Nancy, y a Hennie Pérez Law por su colaboración y ayuda siempre en todo momento.

  • Marita S., via Facebook

    I’m such an extremely happy client and thrilled to now be living here in the States.

  • Robert A., via Google

    I would highly recommend Lim & Associates to anyone.

  • Mareen E., via Facebook

    They are wonderful. Great job!

  • Ana B., via Google

    Henry and his staff are amazing and very well verse in immigration law.

  • Ady G., via Google

    Muy prefecionales y siempre están para ti en las dudas o ayuda que tengas.

  • Diogenes Q., via Google

    A fantastic lawyer and great staff.

  • Gerardo L., via Google

    Excelente Profesional!

  • Billy D., via Facebook

    I've been in law for over 15 years and never seen such an advocate of rights as Henry Lim.

  • Ismael R., via Facebook

    Lim & Associates are great & honest people. They look for the best possible ways to help you & make everything much easier for you

  • Jennifer W., via Facebook

    Henry is an asset to the community, he is a superior leader and mentor.

  • M.A., via Google

    Exceptional customer service.

  • Giovanni C., via Google

    Altamente recomendado para todas aquellas personas que buscan una respuesta a su situación migratoria.

  • Lu K., via Google

    He was there through the whole process, provided detailed information about which documents my wife and I needed, what kind of photos and letters would be helpful, what kind of records and invoices we should have.

  • Debo, via Google

    Get an attorney, get a good attorney, get Lim & Associates. Do it right the first time!

  • Marina D., via Google

    Mr. Lim and all of his staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

  • Fiyen E., via Facebook

    El es uno de los abogados mas capacitado en asuntos de inmigracion.

  • Amy H., via Facebook

    Su excelencia,capacidad y humanidad lo caracterizan.

  • Stefan M., via Facebook

    If you are looking for someone who will handle your immigration issues with personal concern and a high degree of integrity, I would recommend this firm.

  • Martin L., via Google

    His staff is very friendly and everyone there strives to make sure any question or concern you may have gets answered.

  • Lisa S., via Google

    Mr. Lim was able to walk me through this very complicated process as easy as possible.

  • Rosario L., via Facebook

    En las Oficinas de Lim Law,P.A Usted encontrará a los mejores Abogados de Inmigración.

  • Alba F., via Facebook

    Reliable and trustworthy.

  • Margarett G., via Facebook

    Los recomiendo 100%.

  • Ivette R., via Facebook

    Excelente servicio muy profesionales contestan tus preguntas y te mantienen al tanto de cómo va tu caso.

  • Salvador S., via Facebook

    Y la abogada Michelle excelente profesional .Dios los bendiga.

    I'm very [pleased] w/the services I have got from Lim Law office.