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Legal permanent residents are eligible to apply for citizenship in two different ways. One way is if you obtained your permanent resident status through a spouse, and you continue to live with that spouse. You can apply for citizenship within three years of obtaining your permanent resident status.
Individuals who obtained their permanent residency status through other means can apply for citizenship after five years.
If you are eligible, you need to show that you have had permanent resident status for at least three to five years. You must have been in the United States for at least half that time, 18 months to 30 months. You cannot have stayed outside of the United States for more than one year and you cannot have been convicted of certain crimes.
You also have to establish good moral character for the five years immediately preceding the application. Certain criminal convictions will bar you from receiving citizenship. Additionally, some immigration violations may prevent your eligibility.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services on March 18, 2020. Fortunately, starting June 4, 2020, USCIS will begin reopening various domestic offices. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration firm to learn more about the… Read More
Recently, USCIS has announced that it will be implementing a new interactive voice response telephone system for all English and Spanish calls to the USCIS Contact Center. The new IVR system is designed to personalize the individual's experience by allowing them to do the following: Receive links for forms and… Read More
A 212(h) waiver is most frequently associated with an adjustment of status. For example, if you are a green card holder and are traveling into the U.S. and placed into removal proceedings, you may use it. Generally, these waivers are used by those with criminal convictions who are deemed inadmissible… Read More
USCIS has announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization online. Before the recent USCIS move, individuals could only file these forms via paper applications. Now, applicants can submit these forms and check their status electronically, as well as receive updates and notices… Read More