- 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
Processing Time. Processing times of naturalization interviews depends on various factors including but not limited to local office location, office caseload, etc. Generally, citizenship interviews may happen between 6 -9 months from filing. It may be faster or longer. USCIS publishes naturalization (N-400) processing time every month through the USCIS portal.
To assess your initial eligibility, both the USC Petitioner and Beneficiary may complete these questionnaires.