Naturalization is the process by which a foreign national or the citizen of another country becomes a citizen of the United States. In order to qualify for citizenship through naturalization, you must first have held your green card for at least five years, been married to a citizen of the U.S. for at least three years, or be serving currently in the U.S. military.
There are other requirements you must meet as well, including residency requirements, proof of good moral character, the ability to speak and write English, and basic knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the nation's history and government. Learn more about eligibility requirements - including what is meant by "good moral character" - on our Citizenship page.
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.
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 Law, 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. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to protect your interests. Call Gardner Law, PLLC today to schedule your consultation at our Raleigh law office.