If you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) you have the option to pursue naturalization once you meet certain criteria. Most frequently, this is done after holding LPR status for five years. However, you may apply earlier, just three years after becoming an LPR, if you are married to a U.S. citizen. The requirements for naturalization through marriage to a U.S. citizen have a few key differences from the five-year requirements:
Be a lawfully permanent resident of the United States for at least three years immediately before the date you file Form N-400;
Have been living in martial union with your U.S. citizen spouse during the three years immediately before the date you file your application and while we adjudicate your application;
Have lived for at least three months in a state or USCIS district having jurisdiction over your place of residence;
Have continuous residence in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least three years immediately before the date you file your application; and
Be physically present in the United States for at least 18 months out of the three years immediately before the date you file your application.
You do not have to have gained your LPR status through marriage in order to pursue the naturalization based on marriage option.
If you are a lawful permanent resident wishing to take those next steps toward becoming a U.S. citizen but aren’t sure what the best path forward is, be sure to contact Berardi Immigration Law to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!