U.S. Citizenship Requirements for 3-Year Married Permanent Resident

U.S. Citizenship Requirements for 3-Year Married Permanent Resident

As a permanent resident who is married to a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for naturalization after just three years. This is a significant benefit (as it normally requires five years as a permanent resident before applying for citizenship).

To qualify, you must have lived in the U.S. continuously for the three years immediately preceding the date you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. You must be married to a citizen the entire time; and your spouse must have been a U.S. citizen for the entire time. The Immigration and Nationality Act (Section 319(a)) details all of the citizenship requirements for a 3-year permanent resident married to a U.S. citizen. We break it down in simple terms here.

An applicant for naturalization after three years of marriage to a U.S. citizen must meet the following citizenship requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 3 years
  • Have been living with your U.S. citizen spouse for at least 3 years
  • Has lived within the state for at least 3 months before filing the application
  • Has continuous residence in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 3 years before filing the application
  • Has been physically present in the U.S. for at least 18 months out of the 3 years before filing the application
  • Be able to pass the English test as well as U.S. history and government test
  • Be a person of good moral character

 

Contact one of our experienced immigration lawyers in New York and Forest Hills, NY at (718) 407-0871 or online at https://www.prizant-law.com if you need help with Permanent Residency or any other solutions to your immigration problems.

Contributed by Svetlana Prizant, an Award Winning New York Immigration Lawyer

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