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Naturalization rates on the rise in the United States

In Florida and many other states, more immigrants are becoming eligible for naturalization. According to data compiled and recently reported by the Pew Research Center, the number of naturalizations increased by 37 percent from 2005 to 2015, a trend that resulted in nearly 20 million new U.S. citizens. Most of these immigrants were from Ecuador, India and Peru.

An interesting fact in the aforementioned Pew Research Center study is that immigrants from Mexico make up the largest group of lawful foreigners living in the U.S.; however, they present the lowest rates of naturalization. Some of the reasons cited by Mexicans who are not interested in applying for the highest benefit offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services include high fees, the burden of the bureaucratic process and lack of interest in attaining proficiency in the English language.

The benefits of naturalization go far beyond the ability to vote; although, more immigrants feel that greater involvement in the democratic process is one of the most appealing aspects of becoming an American citizen. Becoming a citizen also opens the door to applying for federal jobs and even receiving a commission in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The current state of U.S. immigration law underscores the importance of retaining an attorney. After all, nearly a million naturalization petitions were rejected by USCIS between 2005 and 2015. Foreigners who feel discouraged or intimidated by the naturalization process may consider visiting an immigration law firm and discussing their options. Legal counsel could help a client get through the process with as little hassle as possible.

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