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