For permanent residents who qualify for naturalization in the U.S.


  • Five years as a permanent resident, or
  • Three years as a permanent resident if the applicant has been married to and residing with a U.S. Citizen spouse.
  • Must prove good moral character, taxes paid for five years, U.S. military registration if required.
  • Very specific residency requirements five or three years prior to applying.
  • Must take a verbal test of U.S. history and government during the required interview with USCIS. Must also demonstrate the basic ability to read, write, and understand English.


  • Average processing time: 8 to 15 months.

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