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To be eligible for U.S. citizenship, an immigrant must generally have been a green card holder for at least five years, or at least three years if permanent residence was obtained through marriage to a U.S. citizen. In addition, applicants must also have been physically present in the United States for at least half of the time they were green card holders. Extended trips abroad which last over six months may break the chain of continuous presence in the United States and prevent naturalization.
Other immigrants eligible for naturalization include certain individuals who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, spouses of U.S. citizens who died during a period of honorable active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces, and certain noncitizens who owe permanent allegiance to the U.S. and who have become residents of any of the U.S. States.
All applicants for naturalization must have good moral character, an understanding of the English language, a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and the principles and form of government, and an attachment to the U.S. Constitution. The language and knowledge requirements may be waived in certain circumstances, including age or disability.
MT Law can guide you through the process and prepare you to naturalize as a U.S. citizen. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation to review your situation and provide a personalized plan of action.