Citizenship

Adjustment of status is a process for obtaining your green card while you are in the United States. One of the benefits of adjustment of status is that you can get your green card without having to return to your home country. For many people, this makes the green card process much more convenient and affordable.
 

If you became a permanent resident based on your marriage to a United States citizen…

you may be eligible to apply for citizenship after three years as a permanent resident.

In many cases, people who obtained their green cards based on marriage to a United States citizen may be eligible to apply for citizenship after three years as a permanent resident. However, there are other requirements that need to be met in order for your application to be approved.
 

If you became a permanent resident based on another family relationship…

you may be eligible to apply for citizenship after five years as a permanent resident.

In many cases, people who obtained their green cards based on other family relationships may be eligible to apply for citizenship after five years as a permanent resident. However, there are other requirements that need to be met in order for your application to be approved.
 

If you became a permanent resident based on being granted asylum…

you may be eligible to apply for citizenship after four years as a permanent resident.

In many cases, people who obtained their green cards after having been granted asylum may be eligible to apply for citizenship after four years as a permanent resident. However, there are other requirements that need to be met in order for your application to be approved.
 

Citizenship Frequently Asked Questions

“When can I apply for citizenship?”
“How much does it cost to apply for citizenship?”
“What is on the citizenship test?”
“Can I apply for citizenship if I have a criminal conviction?”
“Do I need an immigration lawyer to apply for citizenship?”
 

Recent Citizenship Articles

 

Do I get United States citizenship if I marry a citizen?

Marrying a United States citizen does not make you a citizen automatically, but it could provide you with a path to becoming a permanent resident and then eventually a citizen. United States Citizenship Through Marriage The first step on your path to becoming a citizen will likely be for your spouse to help you with [...]

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What happens if you lie on your citizenship application?

No matter what you do, you should not lie on your citizenship or naturalization application. If you lie, misrepresent facts or conceal information on your citizenship application, you could face serious penalties, including criminal charges, loss of citizenship (called denaturalization) and deportation. If you have any questions or concerns about whether your past will create [...]

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