Marion Steward wanted one thing for her 90th birthday: to become a U.S. citizen. She started the process to citizenship back in 2010 while living in Florida, but the process was recently sped up after she was diagnosed with cancer.
She took her oath to become a U.S. Citizen Thursday, December 17, 2012 from her Michigan hospital bed. She was surrounded by family, and one of her sons-in-law and granddaughters sung her a patriotic song over the phone from Florida.
Ms. Steward thought she was a U.S. Citizen until she tried to apply for a passport to visit family in Canada, where she was born. She quickly found out that she was a Legal Permanent Resident, not a U.S. Citizen, and that her green card had been lost.
With the help of her daughter, she decided to forego the process of applying for a green card because it would be too time-consuming and involve too much paperwork, so she decided to apply for U.S. Citizenship instead.
This case involves special circumstances that made the process easier. Most immigration cases, whether they be for a temporary visa, permanent residence, or citizenship take more time and can potentially become complex if the correct paperwork is not filed. It is important to hire a Florida Immigration Attorney to be sure your request is not denied.
Source: The News-Herald