citizenship requirements after marriage

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

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 break it down in simple terms here.


 
 
 
 
 

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 break it down 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:

Alternative Paths to Citizenship

5-Year Permanent Resident

If you've been a permanent resident for at least five years, you may be eligible to naturalize now.

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U.S. Armed Forces

If you've served at least one year in the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be eligible to naturalize now.

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Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

Lawful permanent residents use Form N-400, (Application for Naturalization) to apply for U.S. citizenship. The form starts a review process of your entire immigration history. Each year, USCIS rejects or denies thousands of N-400 applications that do prove they meet the citizenship requirements for a 3-year permanent resident married to a U.S. citizen. Therefore, it's important to get it right.
last year
0,413
N-400 forms were filed*
approximately
0,356
applications were rejected*
and another
0,779
got denied*

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