My mother is from the Philippines. She married my father who was in the military, and moved to the united states back in 1985. She has never left the country since then, and is still married to my father who is now retired from the US Navy. She is a permanent resident alien. Can she just simply become a US citizen since she has been here over 30 years? If not, What is the process to becoming a citizen?
She needs to file N 400 and seek naturalization. I am not sure what "just become a citizen" means.
The information contained in this answer is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter,not should it be viewed as establishing an attorney client relationship of any kind.
You May Qualify for Naturalization if:
You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements, please visit our Path to Citizenship page for more information.
You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, please visit our Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens page for more information.
Please see http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/a-simple-guide-to-naturalization-1
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
She needs to file an application for naturalization (citizenship) as it willnot happen automatically. She will start by filing the form N-400. You may wish to consult with an immigration attorney to get through this process without any unnecessary delays or mistakes.
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