From getting a green card to taking the U.S. citizenship test and interview, it can take quite a long time to become a U.S. citizen. Currently, it takes about 6 months to a year to get U.S. Citizenship from the time you apply. The citizenship process actually starts when you first get your US green card.
As mentioned above, a lawful permanent resident with a disruption of continuous residence of 1 year or more only needs to wait 4 years and 1 day (or 2 years and 1 day if applying as the spouse of a United States citizen ) after the date she returns to the United States to file her naturalization application.
An applicant applying for naturalization under INA 316, which requires 5 years of continuous residence, must then wait at least 4 years and 1 day after returning to the United States (whenever 364 days or less of the absence remains within the statutory period), to have the requisite continuous residence to apply for
Per the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) (formerly the INS), if your permanent resident card ( Green Card ) has less than six months of remaining validity, you must renew your Green Card prior to filing an application for naturalization (Form N-400).
The Naturalization application costs $725 in 2020. Two separate fees make up this larger fee: a $640 filing fee for the required Form N-400, and $85 for the biometrics appointment. These fees will be increasing significantly soon.
To be eligible for expedited naturalization by marriage, you must: Hold a green card for three years; Be married to and living with your US citizen spouse for three years; Live within the state that you’re applying in for three months; and. Meet all other requirements for US citizenship.
Remaining outside the United States for more than 12 months may result in a loss of lawful permanent resident status.
The national average processing time for naturalization ( citizenship ) applications is a little over 8 months, as of May 31, 2020. But that’s just the application processing wait time (see “Understanding USCIS Processing Times” below). The overall naturalization process involves more steps and a longer timeline.
Top Ten Reasons N-400 Applications Are Denied 1 – Failing the English Test. 2 – Failing the U.S. History and Government Test. 3 – Criminal History. 4 – Failure to Meet Continuous Residence and Physical Presence Requirements. 5 – Failure to Pay Taxes. 6 – Willful Failure to Support Dependents. 7 – Fraud and Lying to USCIS. 8 – Failing to Register for Selective Service.
Your tax returns are very important proof that you are eligible for naturalization. On the day of your interview, bring certified tax returns for the last 5 years ( 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen).
All green card holders, as long as they meet key conditions, can apply for U.S. citizenship after five years (known as the “five-year rule”) — but those with a U.S. spouse and a green card through marriage can apply after only three years (known as the “three-year rule”).
All naturalization applicants must meet a number of filing requirements, described below. Age. Residency. Residence and Physical Presence. Good Moral Character. Attachment to the Constitution. Language. U.S. Government and History Knowledge. Oath of Allegiance.
You can only be deported from the U.S. if your lawful permanent residency status is no longer valid. You will only lose your lawful permanent residency status if you abandon your status or become a U.S. citizen. So, the answer is no, you will not be deported from the U.S. just because your green card expired.
Certainly, there are many people who have applied for citizenship, not received their citizenship, and have maintained their green card. You might need to renew your green card because it might have expired, but typically, you are going to be allowed to stay in the United States as a lawful permanent resident.
How to apply for a green card renewal Create a USCIS online account. Complete Form I-90. Upload required evidence, such as a copy of your expired or soon-to-expire green card. Review and digitally sign your application. Pay the government fees (if required). Submit your application, and wait for your new green card.