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Raleigh, NC Citizenship and Naturalization Attorneys

Charlotte, NC Citizenship Through Naturalization Lawyers

Lawyers in Charlotte and Smithfield for Individuals Seeking to Become U.S. Citizens

According to the laws of the United States, there are two basic ways to become a legal U.S. citizen. The first, and most common, way is through your parents. The biological and legal parents of U.S. citizens are granted citizenship. The children of foreign nationals who obtain citizenship before the children reach age 18 are also granted U.S. citizenship in most cases. The other way to become a citizen is through a process known as naturalization. The naturalization process allows a foreign national to obtain legal citizenship, as well as of the responsibilities, rights, and protections that come with being a U.S. citizen.

At the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, our knowledgeable immigration lawyers help clients throughout the region with applications for naturalization. We have more than 35 years of experience in the practice of immigration law, and we are well-versed in the details of becoming a legal citizen. Our attorneys will work closely with you so that you fully understand the naturalization requirements, and we will help you complete the process as quickly as possible.

Why Does Citizenship Matter?

There are a variety of rights and benefits associated with U.S. citizenship. When you obtain American citizenship, you become entitled to all of the freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, including but not limited:

  • The right to free speech and the freedom of personal expression
  • The right to worship (or not worship) however you choose
  • The freedom to travel abroad for as long as you want with the right to return to the U.S. at any time
  • The right to vote in local, county, state, and federal elections

When you become a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process, you secure your place in America. Despite being an immigrant, you cannot be deported, and you will not face removal proceedings if you violate the law. American citizenship is permanent, and you can only lose it under very rare circumstances—usually related to the concealment of facts during the application process.

Requirements for Naturalization

The team at the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC understands that your specific requirements for the naturalization process may vary based on your circumstances. There are, however, general criteria that apply in most naturalization cases:

  • You must have already obtained lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, also known as a "green card."
  • You must be 18 years old or older.
  • You must have resided in America for the last five years unless you are applying as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. You may also be subject to "physical presence" requirements.
  • You must demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
  • You must demonstrate proficient knowledge of American history and the United States government.
  • You must swear allegiance to the U.S. and the Constitution.
  • You must be of good moral character. This typically means that you must avoid criminal and disreputable behavior.

Because each case different, not all of the general requirements will necessarily apply to you. Our lawyers will sit down with you and explain everything that is required for you to obtain U.S. citizenship. In some cases, for example, you might be eligible for citizenship through your parents without being aware of it. In addition, we will assist you in addressing any complications or problems that may arise along the way. Our goal is to help you obtain the security that full U.S. citizenship provides.

Speak With a Member of Our Team Today

For more information about the process of obtaining United States citizenship through naturalization, contact our office. Call 1-844-YO-PELEO or 919-989-3000 for your free, confidential consultation at the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC today. We offer guidance to clients in Raleigh, Smithfield, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Johnston County, Wake County, and the surrounding areas. Hablamos Espanol.

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