I am become permanent resident based on marriage based Green Card on March 21 2010 . I was wondering when can I apply for my US Citizenship .
On December 21, 2012.
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If you are still married to your US Citizen spouse, you can apply for citizenship in 3 years from date you received your green card (if you first had a conditional green card, those years also count towards the 3 years). You can typically file 90 days prior to your 3 year anniversary. Good Luck.
If you had a conditional green card you must first remove the conditional status and receive the 10 year green card first. If you have already received the 10 year green card then if you are still married you may apply for Naturalization/U.S. Citizenship in three (3) years from receiving the first green card. You can actually apply within the three (3) months prior to the three (3) years. . . meaning two (2) years and (9) months from the time you first received the green card. If you are no longer married you must wait five (5) years (actually you can apply in 4 years and 9 months). HOWEVER, in both cases you must still meet all other requirements for naturalization including continuous residence in the USA, good moral character, English and Civics knowledge etc. These details should be discussed with a qualified immigration attorney before you apply for naturalization/US citizenship as they can effect you green card status as well.
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