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How long does it take to get from Green Card to Citizen?

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I have a valid Green Card -- have had it for around 8 years (married an American citizen). I am thinking about becoming an American citizen (I am presently a British citizen). Can anyone knowledgeable in this field tell me how long, on average, it takes to get citizenship once you have filed the paperwork? I am wondering whether I would get citizenship by next June (2013), which is when my present G Card expires.

I should also add that I have a clean legal record, am an upright citizen, etc etc.

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A straightforward process, all other things being equal/no problems, five to six months from filing to interview.

Consult an attorney for help on the filing.

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Should not take more than 6 moths ( sometimes even 3) if no adverse issues.

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6 months or less.

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Although the USCIS is inconsistent in the amount of time it takes to adjudicate naturalization petitions, the Atlanta Field Office generally schedules a naturalization interview/examination within approximately four months of filing. The Atlanta Field Office has discontinued "same-day ceremonies," and naturalization oath ceremonies generally are scheduled within a few weeks of a successful interview/examination.

As mentioned by others in reply to your post, time estimates are based upon having a relatively straight-forward application that has been properly prepared and documented. There are many details that can cause delays -- and it is not uncommon for any delay to take longer than the original processing period (the Atlanta Field Office does not consider itself to be unduly delayed unless it takes more than 9 months from the date of its last step, such as a request for additional documents). Representation by an immigration attorney will help assure that an application is properly prepared and documented to avoid delays or even more serious problems.

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