Citizenship & Naturalization

Raleigh Naturalization & Citizenship Lawyers

Your Guide to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Choosing to pursue citizenship in the United States may well be one of the biggest decisions you make in your lifetime. At Gardner Gordon we consider helping our clients achieve United States citizenship to be one of our greatest privileges. If you or someone close to you is ready to make this step, contact our office right away to discuss your situation with our experienced and knowledgeable Raleigh citizenship attorneys.

Call Gardner Gordon at (919) 355-5134 today to schedule your case evaluation at our Raleigh law office.

What Is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which a foreign national or the citizen of another country becomes a citizen of the United States.

You may be eligible to begin the naturalization process if you meet the following eligibility standards:

  • You are recognized as a person of good moral character
  • You have been a lawful permanent resident or green card holder for at 5 five years, or 3 years if you are married to a United States citizen
  • You have been present physically in the United States for more than 50 percent of this time
  • You are willing to take an oath of loyalty to the United States
  • You pass a test demonstrating basic understanding of the United States 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 standards in order to be eligible for citizenship in the United States is that you must be a person of "good moral character." If you have committed crime of moral turpitude, practiced polygamy, committed a gambling offense, committed adultery resulting in divorce, failed to pay taxes, smuggled a foreign national into the U.S., failed to support your family members who are dependent on you, or another offense, you may be ineligible.

Do I Need to Hire a Naturalization Attorney?

Hiring a Raleigh immigration lawyer is not required for your citizenship journey, but it is strongly recommended. Processing your citizenship application can take about six to seven months. It is important to make sure that everything is done properly.

Many people choose not to work with a lawyer through this process, and - while some are successful - many run into problems that result in the extended delay or even denial of their application. Unfortunately, many people whose applications are denied find themselves in removal proceedings. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to protect your interests.

Protecting Your Future in North Carolina

Choosing to pursue citizenship in the United States may be one of the biggest and most important decisions you ever make. It is important to protect and ensure your future in every way possible. At Gardner Gordon, we understand the laws that apply to you and we can help proactively look out for your interests and make sure that all the steps to citizenship have been completed correctly.

Contact Gardner Gordon to learn more about these standards. We can help you assess your situation and determine your eligibility. Schedule a case consultation with Attorney Gardner at our Raleigh law office to learn more.

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Case Results

Results That Speak for Themselves
  • Approved Green Card AC21 Portability at the I-485 Interview

    We worked with her and her new employer to finalize her employment, prepare the I-485 Supplement J and gather the documentation to present at her interview under AC21 to allow her to port her I-140 and green card application.

  • Approved for Adjustment of Status Family Member Adjustment of Status Granted

    Our client wanted to apply for adjustment of status via the 245i form, based on her sister’s US Citizenship that was granted many years prior to our case.

  • Secured Their Green Cards H2B to LPR

    After successfully getting Form 9089 certified by the Dept of Labor for supervisory positions with the company, we were able to reach out to the employees and work with the company to submit an I-140/I-485 petition which was successfully approved.

  • Waiver Approved I-601A Waiver

    Waver was pending for almost one year, but it was approved and we are currently working on consular processing.

  • Received Certificate of Citizenship N-600

    This LPR client came to us worried about naturalizing because she had a bad criminal record and her naturalization application would probably be denied. After a thorough review of her family history, we realized she was already a US citizen through the Child Citizenship Act.

  • Secure a New P1 Visa for 3 Years P1 Visa

    We were able to work with his new manager to put together the needed information about their business, required licenses, and his ability to secure a new P1 visa for 3 years.

  • Released from ICE / Pending Work Permit Removal (Bond Motion)

    Immigrant had a prior order of removal from over 10 years ago. He was detained by ICE again and his US citizen wife hired us to try to get him out. We filed a Motion To Reopen his In Absentia Order with the immigration court in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Green Card was Granted Same-Sex, Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

    The petition did not have any red flags but the USCIS officer interviewed them separately (Stokes Interview) and asked incredibly specific and detailed questions about their finances, work history, and friends and family.

  • Filed for I-918 U-Visa Petition U Visa Certification

    Re-submitted the request, along with the USCIS regulations noting that she had met the requirements in having provided assistance as well as her state of mind following the incident.

  • Renew Existing I-765 While Pending VAWA & I-48 VAWA

    We submitted her application, received a prima facie determination, and asked for her marriage-based I-485 to be held in abeyance until the I-360 VAWA petition could be approved.

The Right Attorneys

May Make All the Difference in the Outcome of Your Case
  • 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.

  • Hablamos Español

    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.