Becoming a naturalized citizen; An immigration attorney explains the requirements for those married to a US citizen
Naturalization is the process by which a foreign national or citizen becomes a U.S. citizen. The requirements vary depending on whether you are married to a US citizen, not married to US citizen, or qualifying on the basis of military service. If you meet the requirements, an immigration attorney can help you prepare and submit all the required documentation.
Here is an overview of the naturalization requirements for green card holders who are married to a U.S. citizen. When you meet with an immigration attorney at Ionson Law, we will be happy to explain the requirements to you in further detail.
Naturalization requirements for green card holders married to a U.S. citizen
You will be eligible for U.S. citizenship if you meet the following requirements:
- You are at least 18.
- You have held a green card for at least three years immediately before filing your Application for Naturalization.
- You have been living in marital union with your U.S. citizen spouse during the three years immediately before filing your Application and up until your examination on the application and your spouse has been a U.S. citizen during that three year period.
- You have lived within the state where you are applying for at least three months prior to filing the application.
- You have resided continuously in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least three years immediately before filing the application.
- You resided continuously within the United States from the date of the application until the time of naturalization.
- You were physically present in the United States for at least 18 months out of the three years immediately before filing the application.
Education and character
- You are able to read, write, and speak English and have an understanding of U.S. history and government.
- You have good moral character and are willing to support and defend the United States and its Constitution.
For assistance with immigration and naturalization issues
Immigration and naturalization requirements and procedures can be complex and confusing. For professional guidance with all your immigration issues, including naturalization, contact an immigration attorney at Ionson Law today at (781) 674-2562 for a free consultation.