After three years of marriage to a U.S. citizen, an applicant for naturalization must complete the following citizenship requirements: must be at least 18 years old The candidate must be at least 18 years old to apply under this qualifying category. The age requirement increases to 25 years if the applicant has not yet reached the age of 21 when he or she enters the marriage. If the applicant is already 21 years old when he or she enters the marriage, then no further age requirement is imposed.
The time limit for this category to file an application with the USCIS is two years from the date of entry into the marriage. As long as the applicant is still in the United States, continues to meet all other requirements for naturalization, and pays the required application fee, he or she will be given another two-year period to file for naturalization after exiting the marriage. If the applicant fails to meet any of these conditions within the allotted time frame, he or she will lose the opportunity forever rather than being granted a delayed filing date.
If an applicant wants to file for naturalization after entering into a civil union or same-sex marriage, they can do so by following the same process as other married couples. The only difference between this category and the other marrying couples is that there is no requirement that both parties be over the age of 18.
Provided you are married to a US citizen, you may petition for naturalization if you meet the following requirements: you are at least 18 years old; If you've been married to and lived with the same US citizen for at least three years, and your spouse has been a US citizen for at least three years; You're not under indictment for any crime; You have a good moral character; And you speak English. The older you are when you apply for citizenship, the more difficult it will be for the government to prove that you met the requirement of being "lawfully admitted for permanent residence."
The official language of immigration law is called "naturalization". This means that you were born into an existing family relationship with American citizenship, so there was no need for an immigrant visa. Instead, you received a license or permit to live in America.
When you pass the test to show that you understand our system of laws and can comply with its requirements, you will be given a certificate confirming your naturalization. This document serves as proof of your legal right to live in America.
You must take an oath swearing allegiance to the United States before a federal officer (such as a judge or deputy sheriff) who can certify that you have complied with all the necessary requirements for citizenship. At this ceremony, the officer will read the oath aloud and ask you to affirm that you understand what you are pledging to do.
You may be eligible for citizenship as a permanent resident married to a US citizen after just three years. To be eligible, you must have lived in the United States continuously for three years prior to the day you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. You cannot be under 18 when you file this form.
You must also meet other requirements to be granted citizenship. For example, you must fulfill some language proficiency tests to be approved for a visa. You must also attend an interview at the US Embassy or Consulate in your home country to discuss your application.
Your spouse must also meet certain requirements to be considered for joint petitioning. For example, he or she must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and not serve in any capacity with the Israeli military.
In addition, your spouse must sign a statement indicating his or her consent for you to receive U.S. citizenship and waive any future right to petition for family members of American citizens. The Department of State has more information on this process.
The first step toward becoming a U.S. citizen is to prepare an application.