Immigrate to USA from Puerto Rico

Updated on Tuesday 16th March 2021

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The citizens of Puerto Rico who are interested in immigration in Miami, U.S., do not need to obtain a visa in order to relocate in this country, due to the fact that Puerto Rico is considered an American territory. Persons who have Puerto Rican citizenship are allowed to enter the United States of America (USA) without obtaining specific visas, as this action is seen as internal migration. If you want to move to USA from Puerto Rico, our immigration attorney in Miami can offer legal advice on this matter. We will also guide you through the process of applying for a residence permit in USA.
 

Puerto Ricans entering Miami, US


The citizens of Puerto Rico have the legal statute of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

Those interested in relocating to Miami, U.S., are not required to present a U.S. passport. At the same time, they can enter the state without applying for a Green Card

It is recommended to bring a photo ID issued by the government, as well as a copy of the birth certificate

It is also important to know that such citizens have to present relevant documents attesting the fact that they qualify under the U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Resident policy, in the situation in which the local authorities may require these official documents (the green card or the passport). 

From a legal point of view, all Puerto Ricans who were born after 13th January 1941 are considered American citizens. However, citizens born prior to this date have also been granted with this legal right. They need to apply for USA citizenship.
 

U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Resident status 


Persons who qualify as a Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) are automatically granted with the legal right of having the permanent residency in U.S. Our immigration lawyer in Miami can offer in-depth information on the LPR regulation and on USA citizenship.

The LPR automatically provides several rights and obligations for the respective recipient. 

In this sense, we mention the following: 

•    the right to live permanently in Miami, U.S.;
•    the right to work in U.S.;
•    the right to own property; 
•    enroll in various American institutions, such as schools or universities. 

Under the LPR, the Puerto Rican citizens are allowed to apply for a family based petition, through which they are entitled to obtain permanent residency for other members of the family, who may not directly qualify as LPR in Miami, U.S

It is important to know that, although the Puerto Ricans are generally considered American citizens, they are not allowed to participine at the U.S. elections. In case you want to immigrate to USA from Puerto Rico, our lawyers can give you more details.

Puerto Ricans who need further information on how to enter and apply for a residence permit in USA, are invited to contact our Miami immigration lawyer