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Divorce before naturalizaition!

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Hi there,

This is the first time I join this forum. I and my husband've got married almost 5 years in good faith. I have already removed conditional green card and replaced it by 10-year permanent green card. One more month I can apply for naturalization. But I and my husband have a lot of things being conflicted. I have sufferred many years and I feel that I cannot suffer any more. I can give up any thing here and come back to my country to find a job there (here I cannot find a job), but my 12 year-old daughter really wants to live in the US (maybe she is familiar with the life here). So, anyone can advise me what to do. Can I apply US citizenship by myself after I would be divorced? All things I would like to do are for my daughter.

Thank you

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Hi there,

This is the first time I join this forum. I and my husband've got married almost 5 years in good faith. I have already removed conditional green card and replaced it by 10-year permanent green card. One more month I can apply for naturalization. But I and my husband have a lot of things being conflicted. I have sufferred many years and I feel that I cannot suffer any more. I can give up any thing here and come back to my country to find a job there (here I cannot find a job), but my 12 year-old daughter really wants to live in the US (maybe she is familiar with the life here). So, anyone can advise me what to do. Can I apply US citizenship by myself after I would be divorced? All things I would like to do are for my daughter.

Thank you

yes you can, you just have to wait until you have been a LPR, a resident for 5 years.

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Since you got your 10-year Green Card, your martial status has nothing to do with your residence anymore. If you are separated or divorced, you can become a US citizen exactly 5 years after becoming a lawful permanent resident. To find out when exactly that day is, look at your Green Card. On the front side there is a line reading: Resident since xx/xx/200x. That's the date that matters. Add to it 5 years and that's when you can become a US citizen. As early as 90 days before that date USCIS may receive your N-400 application.


There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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