Naturalization & Citizenship
YOUR GUIDE TO BECOMING A U.S. CITIZEN
Pursuing citizenship in the U.S. may be one of the biggest decisions you make in your lifetime. At Gardner Gordon we consider it to be a great privilege to help our clients attain U.S. citizenship. If you or someone close to you is ready to take this step, contact our office to discuss your future with our experienced and knowledgeable team.
What Is Naturalization?
Naturalization is the process by which a foreign national becomes a U.S. citizen.
You may be eligible to begin the naturalization process if you meet the following criteria:
You are someone of good moral character.
You have been a law-abiding permanent resident or green card holder for at least five years; three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.
You have physically spent at least half of your time in the U.S.
You are willing to take an oath of loyalty.
You can pass a test demonstrating basic understanding of U.S. government and history.
You can demonstrate a capable working knowledge of the English language.
What Does It Mean to be a Person of Good Moral Character?
One of the fundamental requirements for U.S. citizenship is "good moral character." Those who have failed to pay taxes, or who have broken certain laws may be ineligible.
Do I Need to Hire a Naturalization Attorney?
Hiring an immigration lawyer is not required, but it is strongly recommended. As the federal government performs a final check of your entire immigration history, we can serve as an invaluable guide to this process, ensuring nothing interferes with your citizenship journey.
There are risks to going it alone. While some people are successful, many run into problems with their applications that can result in delays or even denials. In some cases, those people can find themselves in removal proceedings. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to protect your interests.