Is there a deadline to apply for citizenship?

Asked about 2 years ago - Granada Hills, CA

I have been granted asylum through inteview in the US, after I applied for greencard and received it. Now it has been a 5 years and 2 months I have the greencard. I know I can apply for the citizenship or naturalization if I have my greencard (so I am a permanent resident) for 4 years and 9 months. However, is there a deadline to apply citizenship after being permanent resident for 4yrs and 9 monts? I mean, can I apply whenever I want?

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  1. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . You can apply anytime after you meet all the requirements. There is no requirement that you naturalize

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  2. Javier G Pineda

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    Answered . No there is no deadline. Once you meet the requirements for naturalization you can apply at anytime. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney to make sure you meet all the requirements. Good luck.

    714-560-0040. The answer provided is general in nature and because not all facts are known, it should not be... more
  3. Robert West

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    Answered . No deadline.

  4. Rebecca T White

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    Answered . No, there is no deadline to apply for citizenship. It is often a good idea to file as soon as you are eligible to do so, but it is not required. Some people opt to remain greencard holders for decades.

  5. Jeffrey Adam Devore

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    Answered . There is no requirement that you become a U.S. citizen. I have clients who have been permanent residents for 50+ years and have not applied for naturalization.

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