Citizenship after green card – when can I apply?

For most people, the first time to moving to the US is the green card. The next step is citizenship. Citizenship after the green card is one of the best moves you can make in your life. However, most people usually get confused as to when they can make the transition from a green card holder to a citizen. However, the answer to that question is quite simple and we would be happy to help all those who are after citizenship

According to US immigration laws, you can only apply to be a citizen after you have remained a green card holder for at least 5 years in the United States. Five years would mean for five years. So therefore from the day, you have been issued the green card and you moved to the US until the lapse of five years, you would not be eligible to apply to be a citizen. If you are a bit confused, then all you have to do is to check your green card. The date there is the date that would be used in the calculation. Therefore, for your citizenship after green card quest to be successful, you would have to wait for five years.

If you do not start out your wait like a full green card holder but started out as a conditional green holder, then your time would start counting from the period when your conditional permanent resident card ends. This is usually for two years. Therefore, citizenship after green card period would take about seven years for you.

However, you can start the application for citizenship after your green card within 90 days of your green card reaching five years. When submitting and filing for a US citizenship, you would be asked to file the N-400. You would also be asked to provide your biometrics as well as other documents which you would need.

The process for getting citizenship after green card can be long and quite tiring. If you are not cut out for the stress, then we would be glad to help you in any way that we can. We are aware of how the green card is probably the most important part of one’s life and we would be happy to aid the process.

So if you have any issues with your application, feel free to meet us. We would be happy to be of service to you.


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