citizenship requirements

U.S. Citizenship Requirements for 5-Year Permanent Resident

U.S. Citizenship Requirements for 5-Year Permanent Resident

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

As a permanent resident, you are generally eligible for naturalization after five years. This is the most common way that people apply to become a U.S. citizen.

To qualify, you must have lived in the U.S. continuously for the five years immediately preceding the date you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The Immigration and Nationality Act (Title III, Chapter 2) details all of the citizenship requirements for a 5-year permanent resident. We break it down in simple terms here.


 
 
 
 
 

U.S. Citizenship Requirements for 5-Year Permanent Resident

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

As a permanent resident, you are generally eligible for naturalization after five years. This is the most common way that people apply to become a U.S. citizen.

To qualify, you must have lived in the U.S. continuously for the five years immediately preceding the date you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The Immigration and Nationality Act (Title III, Chapter 2) details all of the citizenship requirements for a 5-year permanent resident. We break it down in simple terms here.

citizenship requirements for 5 year LPR

An applicant for naturalization must meet the following citizenship requirements:

Alternative Paths to Citizenship

Married to a U.S. Citizen

If you’re a permanent resident that’s married to a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible to naturalize after just three years.

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naturalization based on military service
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 don't satisfy the citizenship requirements. 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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