Becoming a citizen may be easier than what you think, and it benefits us all. As more immigrants become Florida New Americans, we will be able to make our voice heard and our votes counted. Become a Florida New American and fully participate in the land you now call home.
FLIC, a member of the National Partnership for New Americans, launched its first citizenship program in the sunshine state in January 2012, aiming to provide opportunities of full integration for Florida’s largest immigrant communities.
Do I qualify for citizenship?
Here are some of the requirements to apply for citizenship:
• If you have been a legal permanent resident (with a green card) for at least 5 years.
• If you are married to a U.S. citizen and have been a legal permanent resident for at least 3 years.
• If you are in the military, or if your spouse or parents are in the military.
• If any of your parents is a U.S. citizen.
Why do we have clinics? Florida is home to 1.2 million Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) and 710,000 were eligible for Citizenship by 2010. However, only 87,000 LPRs naturalized in 2011. The same happens nationwide, where out of the 8 million LPRs who were eligible to naturalize in that same year, sadly less than 1 million did.
Our goal is to advance immigrant rights and create active citizenship among New Americans in order to achieve a vibrant, just, and welcoming democracy for all. FLIC hopes to increase these numbers and fulfill this goal with the Florida New Americans program within South Florida’s Haitian and Latino communities and seeks to expand throughout the state.