Immigration Through Military Service

Raleigh Military Immigration Lawyers

Immigration Through Military Service

Becoming a citizen of the United States has many advantages - including the right to vote, run for public office, receive benefits such as Social Security, travel with a U.S. visa, and sponsor the immigration of other family members. In most cases, an individual who wishes to become a citizen of the United States must either live in the nation as a green card holder for at least five years or be married to a United States citizen for at least three years. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), however, contains an allowance for service members.

Foreign nationals who are members of the U.S. military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, and some parts of the National Guard, as well as their spouses, are eligible for streamlined naturalization. Service members can obtain citizenship more quickly and are not required to meet all of the stipulations for citizenship that others must go through.

If you are an immigrant in the military, call (919) 355-5134 to learn more about your options for citizenship.

Dedicated Legal Service in Raleigh, North Carolina

Close to 8% of the 1.4 million members of the U.S. military are foreign-born. Respecting their service to this country is a priority of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Immigration and Nationality Act allows the USCIS to ensure expedited naturalization for U.S. service members who wish to become citizens. The INA also permits military members to begin the naturalization process while abroad.

Learn more by talking to the knowledgeable Raleigh military immigration attorneys at Gardner Law, PLLC. We can help you understand your rights and options as a member of the United States military or as the spouse of a service member.

Contact our North Carolina law office today to set up a time when we can meet and discuss your situation.

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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.

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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 Law 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.