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A Guide to Immigration Law, From Cantwell & Goldman, P.A.

Posted by attorney Hanna Manzur

People come to the United States for a wide variety of reasons, including financial and career opportunities as well as educational and family interests. Once they get here, many want to stay. Both decisions mean navigating this country's often complicated immigration system. As a result, it is important to consult an experienced immigration lawyer before embarking on the journey to residency or citizenship.

Cantwell & Goldman, P.A. is a full service immigration law firm representing companies, families, and individuals in Brevard County and throughout the region in all aspects of the immigration process. Whether you are seeking a temporary visa, permanent residency, or U.S. citizenship, our Florida immigration attorneys have the knowledge, ability, and experience to help you achieve your goals.


Foreign nationals can become U.S. citizens through a process known as naturalization, which requires an applicant to satisfy a number of requirements, including having been a resident for five years (or three years for those married to a U.S. citizen). In addition, the person must have been present in the country for 30 of the last 60 months, have not left the country for six months or more in the last five years, and be considered a "person of good moral character." The last requirement is determined on a case-by-case basis, and may be based on factors such as criminal record. Finally, the applicant for citizenship must pass a basic history and government test and show that he or she has a working knowledge of English.


Non-citizens who want to stay in the country for a temporary period - whether for work, school or other purposes - may seek one of several different types of visas, which are available under a variety of programs. For example, the H-1B program allows foreign nationals who work in certain specialty occupations to be admitted to the country along with their spouses and children. The Permanent Labor Certification program, on the other hand, allows businesses to obtain authorization to hire a foreign employee to work in the U.S. indefinitely.

At Cantwell & Goldman, P.A. our lawyers have been serving the Brevard County community since 1984. We are dedicated to providing our clients with high-quality, personalized legal services. Our immigration lawyers walk clients through the visa and naturalization processes every step of the way, explaining their responsibilities and options, and making every effort to ensure that their immigration needs are met in the most efficient possible manner.

Cantwell & Goldman, P.A. attorney Hanna Ramzan Manzur specializes in immigration law, drawing on her many language skills (Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic) and experience working for the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch to assist families and individuals seeking a visa or citizenship.

If you are a local business seeking to hire foreign workers or a foreign national interested in obtaining a visa or citizenship, our Florida immigration lawyers are available to help. Call our Cocoa office at 321-639-1320 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. Our attorneys can discuss your particular situation with you and advise you of your options.

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