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Hello all,

I wanted to get advise on when to file for citizenship. It's been over 5 years since I became a permanent resident. During my initial border crossing, I was given a period of 12 months to make the permanent move. I permanently moved 11 months later and it's less than 5 years to that date. Would you advise that I file for citizenship now or wait for 5 full years from the date I permanently moved?

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Hello all,

I wanted to get advise on when to file for citizenship. It's been over 5 years since I became a permanent resident. During my initial border crossing, I was given a period of 12 months to make the permanent move. I permanently moved 11 months later and it's less than 5 years to that date. Would you advise that I file for citizenship now or wait for 5 full years from the date I permanently moved?

Thanks

If you received your greencard through marriage you can file right now. If not, the general rule is 90 days before the 5 year anniversary of the date on your greencard. How long did you spend in America during that time? This is straight from USCIS's website>

"Applicants are required to show that they were:

  • Physically present in the U.S. for thirty months within the five year period before applying, or (see legal basis)"

https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-naturalization/continuous-residence-and-physical-presence-requirements-naturalization

Edited to say that it is the date on your greencard that is your start date and how much time you've spent in the US since then.

Edited by N-o-l-a

3/2/18  E-filed N-400 under 5 year rule

3/26/18 Biometrics

7/2019-12/2019 (Yes, 16- 21 months) Estimated time to interview MSP office.

 

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Thanks-- my greencard was issued a few weeks after initial check in and 10 months before I permanently moved. Since then i,ve been out if the country for 5 weeks total.

Everything that I have read here indicates that the date on your Green Card is what matters. Look at the "Legal Resident Since..." date and go from there. Good luck.


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You can apply for citizenship 90 days less than your 5 year anniversary as indicated on your green card.


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