If I’m already a Green Card holder (by employment) for 1, 2 or 3 years (plus another 15 years here as a F-1 and H-1) and THEN marries a US citizen, how soon can I obtain US citizenship after marrying? Does my time spent as a Permanent Resident BEFORE marriage count toward the 3-year requirement? Is the Fastest Way to Citizenship through Marriage or Waiting the 5 Years Out on my own?
The three year naturalization rule requires living in marital union with a US citizen for the three year period. For someone who has already held LPR status for 2 years or more, it would be quicker to qualify under the five year rule.
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Based on these facts, you will be eligible to file the N-400 with three months of your five year anniversary of becoming a lawful permanent resident.
Once you resided with your USC spouse for three years you can seek naturalization.
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You'll have to wait for 3 years after you get married to become a citizen based on that marriage. You will be eligible for citizenship sooner by virtue of having your green card for 5 years, since you are already 3 years into that time.
Can file the N-400 with 3 months of your five year anniversary of becoming a lawful permanent resident
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