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.
High Quality Legal Representation
As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina State Bar, Attorney Gardner has a reputation for professionalism and elite representation.
Your Success Is Our Priority
Hiring a knowledgeable and passionate immigration attorney to represent your interests is one of the most important steps you can take. When you come to us, we will take a personal interest in your case because we genuinely care about your success.
Lead Attorney Gardner is a world traveler who speaks fluent Spanish; the entire Gardner Gordon support team is fluent in Spanish as well. Our attorney will personally handle each legal aspect of your case. We will help you obtain the sense of ease and peace of mind you deserve during this trying and difficult time.
We Educate Clients
We will review your case, inform you of your rights, and guide you in the path that best suits your needs. We will fully equip you to make informed decisions every step of the way. We will offer you the zealous advocacy and compassionate support you deserve.