When to file for US citizenship?

Asked over 1 year ago - Los Angeles, CA

My parents overstayed their visas for more than 5 years. I was able to petition them last year and got their green cards. I was told before that since they were once illegal, they can apply for citizenship after 10 years and not 5 years. Is this true?

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  1. Philip Alan Eichorn

    Contributor Level 19

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    Answered . Not true. All lawful permanent residents may apply to naturalize five years after they are granted status. All LPRs must meet the physical presence requirement, the continuous residence requirement and the good moral character requirements.

  2. Veronica Tunitsky

    Contributor Level 18

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    Answered . If your parents were granted permanent residence then they would be eligible to apply for citizenship after 5 years.

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  3. Michael Hugh Carlin

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. They will be eligible to become US Citizens on the 5-year anniversary of the date they became permanent residents. They may submit their citizenship applications as early as 3 months before their 5-year anniversary.

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  4. Carlos E Sandoval

    Contributor Level 14

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    Answered . They can apply for naturalization 90 days before the 5th anniversary of becoming residents.

  5. Karen-Lee Pollak

    Contributor Level 19

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    Answered . They can apply after 5 years

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