Does time spent as a conditional permanent resident count for naturalization?

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Yes. Your time as a conditional permanent resident counts toward the continuous residence requirement for the purposes of naturalization. In fact, a conditional resident spouse who remains in a viable marriage is often able to become a U.S. citizen three years after first obtaining conditional permanent residency.

Continuous Residence Requirement

Continuous residence means that the applicant has maintained residence within the United States for a specified period of time. For a permanent resident married to a U.S. citizen, the requirement is three years. You must have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least three years. In addition, you must have been married to and living with the same U.S. citizen spouse for the last three years, and your spouse must have been a U.S. citizen for the last three years at the time you filed your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. For examples and to learn more, visit our continuous residence page.

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How to Determine When Permanent Residence Started

naturalization for conditional permanent residentIt’s very easy to determine the date that you became a conditional permanent resident. Look at the front of your green card and find the label for “Resident Since.”

This date is the date you were admitted as a permanent resident of the United States.

Source: USCIS