A legal permanent resident (LPR) or green card holder may apply for US citizenship through naturalization. Generally, a green card holder may qualify for naturalization after 3-yrs of being an LPR if based through marriage to a US citizen or 5-yrs of continuous physical presence.
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of Application.
- Have been a lawful permanent resident for the past five (5) years or if married to a US citizen, has been married and living with the US citizen spouse for at least 3 years.
- Have continuous residence and physical presence in the US.
- Have lived within the state or USCIS district where you claim residence for at least 3 mo. prior to filing.
Living with the US citizen for 3 years. To qualify, the applicant must be living with the US citizen spouse for at least 3 years at the time of filing. If you are a widow/er or if your US citizen spouse died pending your application, you need to comply with the 5-yr continuous physical presence to apply.
Derivative Children. Will they automatically derive citizenship?
- Below 18 Years old at the Time of Parent’s naturalization
- Automatically derives US citizenship through parents at the time of the parent’s naturalization.
- Must be a legal permanent resident at the time of naturalization.
- NOTE: Children outside the US may be eligible for citizenship if they entered the US as immigrants and are below 18 years old at the time of parent’s naturalization.
- 18 Years old and above.
- Must apply for citizenship on their own either after 5 years of continuous physical presence in the US or 3 years if through marriage to a US citizen
To assess your initial eligibility, both the USC Petitioner and Beneficiary may complete these questionnaires.
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