U.S. Citizenship Requirements for 5-Year Permanent ResidentEstablishing Eligibility to File Form N400, 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 explain it in simple terms here.
An applicant for naturalization must meet the following citizenship requirements:
Alternative Paths to Citizenship
Married to a U.S. Citizen
U.S. Armed Forces
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