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

Establishing Eligibility to File Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

As a permanent resident who is married to a U.S. citizen, you may be 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 explain it in simple terms here.

citizenship requirements for 3 year LPR

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

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