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Re : 3 years or 5 years rules for US Naturalization Process

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Hello Friends. How are you all? Could you please guide me when can I eligible to apply my US citizenship. I am confused between 3 years and 5 years rule. Here we go my scenario. 

 

My wife came to US on: 03/13/2012

She became a US Citizen on : 06/13/2019

we both got marry on : 02/02/2015

I came to US on 03/11/2017 ( I got my green card with the validity of 10 years with no restriction at all )

 

So am I eligible for 3 years rules since my wife recently got her US citizenship or still needs to wait for 5 years. I called USCIS however I did not get any proper response from them. They asked me to check website. Could you please guide me. 

 

Quick response will be appreciated :)

 

Thanks in advance...

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10 minutes ago, ashish1 said:

Hello Friends. How are you all? Could you please guide me when can I eligible to apply my US citizenship. I am confused between 3 years and 5 years rule. Here we go my scenario. 

 

My wife came to US on: 03/13/2012

She became a US Citizen on : 06/13/2019

we both got marry on : 02/02/2015

I came to US on 03/11/2017 ( I got my green card with the validity of 10 years with no restriction at all )

 

So am I eligible for 3 years rules since my wife recently got her US citizenship or still needs to wait for 5 years. I called USCIS however I did not get any proper response from them. They asked me to check website. Could you please guide me. 

 

Quick response will be appreciated :)

 

Thanks in advance...

How did you acquired your 10 year green card? Here's is what written on the n-400 application under 3 years rule (married to a US citizem)

 

Have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least 3 years. In addition, you have been married to and living with the same U.S. citizen spouse for the last 3 years, and your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for the last 3 years at the time you filed your Form N-400.

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05/11/17: Date of I-751
05/12/17: VSC received our package

05/12/17: NOA Date
05/14/17: NOA Arrived in the mail & check cashed

06/22/17: Biometrics Appointment at ASC Manhattan

04/09/18: Online changed to case transferred to local office but no actual letter

06/13/18: Card Being Produced - NO RFE/NO INTERVIEW

06/16/18: Approval Letter arrived in the mail with 06/13/18 approval date

06/18/18: Card was picked up by USPS

06/20/18: Received 10 years Green Card from the mail - END OF I-751 JOURNEY!

 

E-FILING (IOE) N-400 APPLICATION FOR NATURALIZATION

06/21/18: Submitted Online
06/22/18: Received NOA Online

06/23/18: Online account updated to Biometrics scheduled on 07/12/18

06/25/18: NOA letter arrived in the mail

06/28/18: Biometrics appointment letter arrived in the mail

07/12/18: Biometrics appointment at ASC Manhattan

02/28/19: In Line for Interview

03/01/19: Interview Date is on 04/08/19

04/08/19: Interview Day: Approved on the spot

04/09/19: We Scheduled your Oath Ceremony 

04/12/19: Oath Letter arrived in the mail

05/02/19: Oath Ceremony - OFFICIALLY U.S. CITIZEN AND END OF IMMIGRATION JOURNEY!

 

DS-11 - APPLICATION FOR US PASSPORT BOOK AND CARD

05/02/19: Submitted application thru USPS - Expedited
05/06/19: Received email, passport application is now traceable online thru Travel.State.gov website (https://passportstatus.state.gov/Search)

05/08/19: Received email, passport has been printed and it's on final processing
05/09/19: Received email, passport application has been finished processing with USPS tracking number and expected delivery is on 05/14/2019

05/10/19: Receive email from USPS informed Delivery - Expected Passport delivery is on 05/11/2019

05/11/19: Passport book received thru USPS Priority Mail

05/13/19: Passport card received

05/14/19: Naturalization Certificate back - END OF PASSPORT APPLICATION!

 

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I would assume the 5 year rule applies if your wife became a US citizen in 2019.


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Removal of Conditions Journey

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11/03/2015 - Approved, card production ordered (164 days!)

11/10/2015 - 10-yr Green Card received (IR6) -- journey over for now!

 

 

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For the three-year rule, you need to be married to a USC for 3 years, need to be a LPR for 3 years (- 90 days), and the spouse needs to have been a Citizen for 3 years.

You can look at the eligibility worksheet here: https://www.uscis.gov/n-400

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You can go either way. 5 year rule requires less evidence. The date you can apply for citizenship under two rules are as below.

 

3-year rule: 03/15/2022

 

5-year rule: 12/11/2021

 

Now you choose which one to go for.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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.

.

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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