Long-Term Green Card Holders- Citizenship Options
The American dream is a cherished goal for many, including long-term green card holders. They strive relentlessly to achieve U.S. citizenship, as it brings numerous benefits such as:
- Full political rights
- Protection against deportation
- Sponsor immediate family members
To become a citizen, specific eligibility requirements must be met. Some of these are:
- Minimum required age (at least 18)
- Continuously and physically live in the United States as a green card holder for a certain number of years
- Establish residency
- Have a good moral character
- Language and civics proficiency
Pathways to Citizenship
The most common pathway for long-term Green Card holders to become U.S. citizens is naturalization. This process typically involves filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, passing an English language and civics test, and completing an interview with a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer. Successful applicants then participate in an Oath of Allegiance ceremony.
Expedited pathways exist for certain groups and situations.
- Citizenship through Marriage (Spouses of U.S. citizens): If the Green Card holder has been married to and living with the same U.S. citizen for the past three years, and the spouse has been a U.S. citizen for at least these three years, they can apply for naturalization.
- Citizenship through Military Service: Green Card holders who serve in the U.S. military might be eligible for expedited citizenship.
- Citizenship for Refugees and Asylees: Long-term Green Card holders who initially entered the U.S. as refugees or asylees may be eligible for citizenship five years after their date of entry.
- Citizenship through Parents: Adult Green Card holders may be eligible for citizenship if they have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization.
The Law Offices of Gregory P. Turner
The navigation of the citizenship journey for long-term green card holders can be an intricate task. But you don’t have to undertake this process alone. Our esteemed Massachusetts Immigration Attorneys, located in Waltham MA, are dedicated to providing the essential help you need. With our seasoned team at the helm, your journey will be guided with proficiency in document preparation, interview preparation, and tailored support, ensuring a seamless transition toward citizenship.