Citizenship Through Permanent Residency (Marriage to U.S. Citizen Spouse)
Certain individuals who have obtained their green cards based on marriage to a U.S. citizen may be eligible for naturalization if they meet the following criteria:
- Be 18 or older;
- Be a permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of filing the Application for Naturalization;
- Have been living in marital union with the U.S. citizen spouse, who has been a U.S. citizen during all of such period, during the 3 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application and up until examination on the application;
- Have lived within the state, or USCIS district with jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence, for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing the application;
- Have continuous residence in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application;
- Reside continuously within the United States from the date of application for naturalization until the time of naturalization;
- Be physically present in the United States for at least 18 months out of the 3 years immediately preceding the date of filing the application;
- Be able to read, write, and speak English and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government (also known as civics); and
- Be a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States during all relevant periods under the law.
While this list is quite lengthy, there are times when accommodations can be made based on individual circumstances. Don’t assume you don’t qualify! If you dream of becoming a U.S. citizen, schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys for a thorough analysis of your case.